Where the Heart Is Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
Not possessing much in the way of a character arc, saints are boring to watch and impossible to act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
The scenes feel forced, producing episodic plotting and calling attention to the characters' superficiality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Entertainment Weekly
April 28, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: F
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The filmmakers have crafted a motion picture that should appeal to members of both sexes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
A generic, below-par chick flick.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
It appears to have been cobbled together from all the story lines the network sponsors wouldn't approve.
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Ebert & Roeper
January 1, 2000
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
Watching Where the Heart Is, in fact, is a little like listening to the town gossip run her mouth about everyone she knows.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Where the Heart Is has a screenplay like that, zigging and zagging and wildly careening from one melodramatic development to the next.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Where the Heart Is fails to build much emotional momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
A swamp of clichés, contrivances, and cheap ham-and-cheese hero sentimentality.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
Banal and trite where it could have been insightful and emotionally truthful.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Heart definitely lacks much of the earthy lyricism it's obviously striving for.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
It's too bad [Portman and Frain's] contributions, and those of many others, drown in a big glop of treacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
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Sean Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Williams and the Ganz/Mandel team never establish a consistent tone, shuttling from funny scenes to serious ones so arbitrarily that the two moods cancel each other out.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Crappy writing and overall shoddy construction.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Serves up the usual homilies, but it lacks the quirky density and cinematic snap of, for instance, Jonathan Demme in his Melvin and Howard period.
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Bob Thomas
Associated Press
January 1, 2000
Portman ... is remarkably persuasive as the unschooled Novalee.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Todd Camp
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
January 1, 2000
Delightful.
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
Has enough humor and polish to gull you into enjoying its jest-folks fakery. But you may hate yourself in the morning.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Phoebe Flowers
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
Where the Heart Is is everything that cynical moviegoers despise.
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
One-stop shopping for your emotional movie needs.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
The movie isn't all that much -- it's too cloyingly ramshackle -- but Portman isn't playing down to her character this time around.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
The moronic script by Lowell Ganz and 'Babaloo' Mandel has all the subtlety of a Hee Haw reunion and more schmaltz than a Catskills retirement home.
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Ebert & Roeper
January 1, 2000
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
A veritable ventricular chamber orchestra of emotional manipulations and easy virtues.
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Grand Guignol-on- trailer-wheels horror show.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
The director, Matt Williams, does little to keep the audience from jumping ahead of the script.
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Funny, fresh and reassuring.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
It evokes laughs and a few tears, but also groans at bad material.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Astonishingly shameless melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5