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Hearts in Atlantis Reviews

Todd McCarthy
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August 6, 2008
Derek Adams
Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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November 6, 2002

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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February 8, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Hicks ... coats the film in a bogus idyllic mist that substitutes cheap sentiment for blunt truth.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

October 3, 2001
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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The unblinking sympathy for kids struggling with evil and with the strange frequencies of prepubescent passion can, if your defenses are down, lay you out.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 2, 2001
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Hicks's film is magical, but its magic comes not from the inexplicable phenomena we most commonly associate with King, but from the charms of childhood.

September 28, 2001
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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A precious respite from the postmodern era and all that it entails.

| Original Score: 4/5

September 28, 2001
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Much of Hearts feels a little empty, a little unmotivated.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times

September 28, 2001
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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Unabashedly sentimental, it's meant to touch our hearts in profound and important ways, but misses the mark by drawing too deeply from a pool of schmaltz.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

September 28, 2001
Gene Seymour
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The story's enchantment feels forced and coy, its mysteries tricked-up and flimsy.

Full Review Source: Newsday

September 28, 2001
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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A fussy piece of schmaltz that makes you long for Stand By Me, a vastly superior coming-of-age tale from King's pen.

September 28, 2001
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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A sweet coming-of-age story set in the summer of 1960, akin in mood to [King's] Stand by Me.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

September 28, 2001
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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Put simply, the movie drags.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

September 28, 2001
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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All that early promise goes for naught when the picture approaches the final act, whereupon the various mysteries yield solutions that prove to be silly or sentimental or both.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 28, 2001
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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The performances are all first-rate, reinforcing the promise Hicks showed in the beautifully acted Shine.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press

September 28, 2001
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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Going for transcendence, [Hicks] gives us lugubriousness.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

September 28, 2001
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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A poignant and often beautifully acted film.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

September 28, 2001
Paul Clinton (
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The acting is so good, you almost want to forgive the fact that they're not saying anything, and the film has no real point.

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September 28, 2001
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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A pungently evocative, beautifully burnished mood piece.

September 28, 2001
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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All atmosphere and no action.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

September 28, 2001
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Rarely does a movie make you feel so warm and so uneasy at the same time.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 28, 2001
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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A nostalgic fiasco so shameless it makes movies like Simon Birch and Frequency seem as austere as the work of Robert Bresson.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 0/5

September 28, 2001
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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Hicks seems uncertain how to tie up all his loose threads, framing a scene near the end amid diaphanous white sheets on a clothesline.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News

September 27, 2001
Andrew O'Hehir
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You come out of the theater with nothing more specific than half-pleasant memories of baseball gloves, Ferris wheels and vintage automobiles. I've had naps that were more exciting.

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September 27, 2001
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Hopkins turns his character's speeches -- like that one about Atlantis -- into little vaudeville routines. The whole performance, in fact, is one big, tricky shtick.

September 27, 2001
Cody Clark
Mr. Showbiz
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Too formulaic and discursive to engage our emotions.

Full Review Source: Mr. Showbiz

September 27, 2001
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Hicks, whose style did not enhance Snow Falling on Cedars, proves to be a good match for this material.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 27, 2001
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Don't underestimate the appeal of a heart-tugger that's this well mounted.

Full Review Source: USA Today

September 27, 2001
Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Its heart is certainly in the right place, but its head makes some misjudgments.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

September 27, 2001
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Watching it feels like leafing through an old photo album you've been forced to thumb through one time too many.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald

September 27, 2001
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Hearts in Atlantis is too poky and contrived to be a good movie, but its lushly serene atmospherics, given current events, make it a pure slice of sentimental comfort food.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

September 27, 2001
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Hearts in Atlantis is, in many ways, a wonderful movie, but it's too clean and well behaved.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune

September 27, 2001
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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At its best, the movie has that 'a tale told' quality that Goldman used so winningly in The Princess Bride.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

September 27, 2001

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September 27, 2001
James Berardinelli
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For me, the turgid pace and uneven writing muted any appreciation I might have of what it offers.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 26, 2001
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Goldman's astute screenplay mirrors the way youthful recollections work.

September 12, 2001
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