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The Claim

A prospector sells his wife and daughter to another gold miner for the rights to a gold mine. Twenty years later, the prospector is a wealthy man who owns much of the old west town named Kingdom Come. But changes are brewing and his past is coming back to haunt him. A surveyor and his crew scouts the town as a location for a new railroad line and a young woman suddenly appears in the town and is evidently the man's daughter.
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Slate by David Edelstein

Gives off the same vapor of impending tragedy—of a fate neither just nor unjust but ineffably, wrenchingly right.
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Christian Science Monitor by David Sterritt

Seems more clever than heartfelt, and whether you enjoy it may depend on how much you like Robert Altman's eccentric western "McCabe and Mrs. Miller," which it uncannily resembles.
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Film.com by Ernest Hardy

A sleeper that's well worth hunting down. Its rewards sneak up on you, but then linger long afterwards.
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Chicago Tribune by Michael Wilmington

I liked The Claim -- as much for its stark visual beauty and impassioned performances as its intelligent script and willingness to probe the tragic side of life.

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