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Cross Creek

Cross Creek (1983)

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Director Martin Ritt's bucolic rural environments of Norma Rae, Conrack, and Sounder, are re-visited once again in Cross Creek, based on author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' memoirs of her times on a remote Florida bayou. Mary Steenburgen plays Rawlings, author of The Yearling, who, in 1928, makes the abrupt decision to leave her husband and move to an isolated orange grove to concentrate on her writing. Rawlings buys a run-down house covered with cobwebs that she restores with quick dispatch. In

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Feb 19, 2002

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (4)

It's an uncompelling, yet warm, tale which lightly skips over the woman's travails by illustrating a series of vignettes of rural humanity.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Never one to stint himself when it comes to romantic overkill, Ritt piles on the slush with even more gusto than usual.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Somehow, Mr. Ritt manages to use this very artificiality in the service of an optimism that is very much his own.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Martin Ritt's chronicle of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is not particularly illuminating of the writer's life, but it's well acted by Mary Steenburgen and especially Alfre Woodard.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Alas, this uninspired, perfunctory literary bio isn't saved by its handsome visuals.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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At once touching and weird.

February 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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The script may take some liberties with the facts, but when the resulting movie is this likeable you soon cease to care.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Audience Reviews for Cross Creek

Fine rendering of Marjorie Rawlings autobiographical novel. The material is well handled by Ritt an erratic director who produced most of his best work when it had a southern feel to it. Excellent work from two very good actresses, Mary Steenburgen and Dana Hill and a great one, Alfre Woodard. Rip Torn gives one of his most well judged performances keeping the ham that occasionally slips into his acting out of his work here.
January 26, 2011
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