Picks and Pans Review: The Postman

UPDATED 01/12/1998 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 01/12/1998 at 01:00 AM EST

Kevin Costner, Will Patton

Anyone who buys into this futuristic film about a rogue mail carrier (Costner) who inspires folks to rebel against an evil general (Patton) in the year 2013 has been licking too many stamps. At nearly three hours, this postapocalyptic adventure story, starring and directed by Costner, is way too long, too pretentious and too self-indulgent. We're talking incessant close-ups of Costner doing his "aw, shucks" toss of the head. He even puts three of his kids into the movie, showcasing son Joe, 9, in a pointless scene, rerunning it and then commemorating the scene with a statue at movie's end. While hyping The Postman on David Letterman's show recently, Costner said, "I bet you money you'll like it." Mr. Costner, you owe me. (R)

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