On Golden Pond
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There's little that happens in On Golden Pond that isn't thoroughly predictable from the start, but the film is blessed with so much star power, charm and honest sentiment that everyone in the audience is willing to ignore the cliches and go the distance. In his last film, Henry Fonda plays Norman Thayer, a cranky 80-year-old retired professor, making his annual pilgrimage with his wife Katharine Hepburn (in her only teaming with Henry Fonda) to their New England summer cottage. Their solitude is interrupted when the couple's daughter Chelsea (Jane Fonda) arrives with her fiance… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There is a natural rhythm to the film that makes its own quiet, life-affirming statement."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Two of Hollywood's best-loved veterans deserved a far better swan song than this sticky confection."
‑ , Time Out
"Valuable lessons in loving one's family members."
‑ Randy White, Common Sense Media
"Wonderful to get one last sweet visit with Mr. Fonda and Ms. Hepburn."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"A manipulative, Oscar-ready mainstream drama. But surprisingly, it's not a bad movie."
‑ David Bezanson, Filmcritic.com
"When it sometimes seems the whole society has spiritually decamped for Tinseltown, the movie offers the hope that people can come home again-at least for a visit."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Watching the movie, I felt I was witnessing something rare and valuable."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Fonda was 75 when this picture was made and must have known he didn't have much time. There could have been no finer final curtain for him than this."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Stellar cast in left field family values classic."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Classic drama. Moving exploration of old age."
‑ Fred Topel, About.com
"Without question, these are major, meaty roles for Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda, and there could have been little doubt that the two would work superbly together."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"On Golden Pond is a mixed blessing, but it offers one performance of rare quality and three others that are very good. That's not half-bad."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"This family melodrama about aging, mortality, and reconciliation is more significant as a social than artistic event: It's the only teaming of Henry Fonda (who won an Oscar) with daughter Jane (who produced it for him) and also with screen icon Hepburn."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"On Golden Pond is a thematically rich drama exploring marriage, aging, family conflict, death and dying."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn both shine in an impressively executed Hollywood drama."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
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