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Hearts in Atlantis (2001)



Critic Consensus: Hearts in Atlantis is well-acted and beautiful to look at, but the movie is nothing more than a mood piece.

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One of the short stories in a best-selling collection by author Stephen King becomes this mystery adapted for director Scott Hicks by screenwriter William Goldman, who previously transformed a King story into a box-office hit (Misery, 1990). In the summer of 1960, young Bobby Garfield (Anton Yelchin) is sharing adventures with his best friends Carol (Mika Boorem) and Sully (Will Rothhaar) when an enigmatic lodger named Ted Brautigan (Anthony Hopkins) rents a room in his family's boarding house. Bobby's self-absorbed, widowed mother Liz (Hope Davis) couldn't care less about her son, so Bobby, who is being tormented by local bullies, quickly befriends the otherworldly Ted, becoming his confidante, and reading the paper to him to save the aging man's failing eyesight. Soon, Bobby learns that Ted possesses supernatural gifts, has a haunted past, and is being pursued by sinister men whose intentions are unclear. Hearts in Atlantis co-stars David Morse, who appeared in the previous King adaptation The Green Mile (1999), as the adult Bobby.more
Rating: PG-13 (violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: William Goldman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 27, 2004
Box Office: $23.6M
Warner Bros. - Official Site


Anthony Hopkins
as Ted Brautigan
Hope Davis
as Liz Garfield
David Morse
as Bobby Garfield (adul...
Mika Boorem
as Carol Gerber
Adam LeFevre
as Donald Biderman
Celia Weston
as Alanna Files
Timmy Reifsnyder
as Harry Doolin
Adam Le Fevre
as Donald Biderman
Deirdre O'Connell
as Mrs. Gerber
Tom Bower
as Len Files
Anton Yelchin
as Bobby Garfield
Timothy Reifsnyder
as Harry Doolin
Wes Johnson
as Sports Announcer
Terry Beaver
as Mr. Oliver
Alan Tudyk
as Monte Man
Joe T. Blakenship
as Richie O'Rourke
Brett Fleisher
as Willie Shearman
Eric Eggen
as Coast Guardsmen at C...
Joel F. Haberli
as Sully's Dad
Evan Moses
as Sully's Little Broth...
Kathie France
as Rider at Carnival
Sara Jane Hamilton
as Hot Dog Vendor at Ca...
Valerie Karasek
as Sully's Widow
Jim Hild
as Lowman
Kristina Lash
as Carousel Rider at Ca...
Keith H. Beyer
as Soldier at Funeral
Robert V. Maine
as Soldier at Funeral
David Rivitz
as Shady Vendor
Sean Edwards
as Soldier at Funeral
Mickey Leon McBride
as Soldier at Funeral
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Critic Reviews for Hearts in Atlantis

All Critics (155) | Top Critics (37)

Above average coming of age story.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

A movie that says we might as well pack it in as soon as we turn 18 is more bitter than bittersweet.

Full Review… | September 17, 2007

What happened to the prodigious vitality of Scott Hicks (Shine): His third feature sugffers from the same stifling artistic treatment that his second did, and this one is based on stories by Stephen King!

Full Review… | December 4, 2006

Hicks' film is a beautiful trifle, a neat trick of light and sound to coax empathy

Full Review… | January 27, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

If good cinematographers are 'panning for gold' with their camera lens, Sobocinski has put his pan in the river and come back with a fortune.

December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

Hearts in Atlantis is a leap of faith with nothing on the other side.

Full Review… | July 16, 2004

Audience Reviews for Hearts in Atlantis

Another surprise story from Stephen King! So many things about the boy's Mom upsets me. Even though "bogiemen" are the obvious villains, I find the Mom the real villain.

Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer


I'm always apprehensive when it comes to one of King's adaptations. King's books are rich and complex narratives, and much of that is lost in the transition to the screen. Hearts in Atlantis, however, was a decent adaptation. The book is a spin-off of the Dark Tower series, but is a decent stand-alone book (I read it before the Dark Tower series and really enjoyed it). The book tells three intertwined stories, and the movie really only focuses on one of them. The main thing I noticed that may detract from the film, is that it never really explains anything. Therefore, I think the film makes a good companion piece to the book, but people who haven't read the book may be left feeling confused and unfulfilled.

Summer W.

Super Reviewer


Most of Stephen King's books involve the supernatural somehow. After a while, that gets to me - our world is not a world where much is supernatural. But in some of Stephen King's stories, I don't mind the supernatural aspects - stories like The Green Mile, and this one.

Ted (very well played by Anthony Hopkins) comes into Bobby's life and provides a needed father figure. He guides Bobby through the best summer of his youth.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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