On paper, the movie sounds unbearably schlocky, but Costner plays Garret the reluctant backcountry prince as mythic but also foxy and life size.
Mike ClarkUSA Today
At least this movie has flashes of humor, thought nearly all come courtesy of Newman. [12 February 1999, Life, p.8E]
Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times
The climactic events are shameless, contrived, and wildly out of tune with the rest of the story. To saddle Costner, Penn and Newman with such goofy melodrama is like hiring Fred Astaire and strapping a tractor on his back.
David SterrittChristian Science Monitor
The story is so sentimental that even soap-opera buffs may feel it outwears its welcome.