The romantic fantasy tendencies hijack this otherwise interesting unconventional love story in order to become a sort of bizarre Idris Elba fan fiction.
Skip The Mountain Between Us. If you're in the mood to be cloyed, watch a Hallmark movie instead.
Labored and boring, The Mountain Between Us is a soap opera in the snow that fritters away the time and talents of Kate Winslet and Idris Elba for all the wrong reasons.
At one point you almost start rooting for the elements to win out, just so these two [characters] would just shut up.
It's hard to imagine a more generic wilderness adventure-turned-romance than Hany Abu-Assad's The Mountain Between Us.
The romance is forced and phony - after only two weeks together, the two are behaving like an old married couple.
A cold-weather drama with just enough shocks to make you shiver, and just enough romance to warm you up.
It's a Mills & Boon kind of set up, but Winslet in particular adds authenticity and gravitas.
Winslet and Elba's chemistry is frostbitten. They just don't seem to like each other much. They look happier in their parkas than out of them.