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Here On Earth (2000)



Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 69
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 57

Critics say Here on Earth's weakness comes from its script. The story may appeal to young teenage girls, but it suffers from being overly sentimental and formulaic. The cinematography, however, is lovely in how it captures its Minnesota setting.


Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 23

Critics say Here on Earth's weakness comes from its script. The story may appeal to young teenage girls, but it suffers from being overly sentimental and formulaic. The cinematography, however, is lovely in how it captures its Minnesota setting.



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Movie Info

In this romantic drama, a young man must make some difficult decisions when he discovers that his girlfriend's future is almost used up. Kelley (Chris Klein) and Samantha (Leelee Sobieski) are waiting out the summer after their high school graduation before moving on to college. Although Kelley comes from a wealthy family and Samantha's folks are working class, they soon find that they have more in common than they imagined, and they fall in love. However, Samantha's parents (Annette O'Toole and


Drama, Romance

Michael Seitzman

Jan 9, 2001

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All Critics (81) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (57) | DVD (6)

Here on Earth is a missed opportunity.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Here on Earth is so very general in its characters and story that it actively keeps you from enjoying the simple pleasures of a movie like this, even with your sights set low.

January 1, 2000
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A disaster.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Three appealing performers are lumbered with material that doesn't measure up to them in Here on Earth.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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Here on Earth slides too easily into its sentimentality; the characters should have put up more of a struggle.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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A film that wants to be both simultaneously slick and tender and misses both by a country mile.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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Contrived plot purposely pulls at heartstrings.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This is just the type of "dignified" tragedy Louis B. Mayer loved to churn out in the 1940s, where characters - even the unsavory ones - acted so noble they practically turned to statues before your eyes.

June 20, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Demonstrates the lowest, most unscrupulous technique of filmmaking -- it involves no imagination, creativity, or original ideas.

March 14, 2001

Think Love Story, just without the story.

January 1, 2000
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

[Director Mark Piznarski]should be cited for excessive use of slow motion, sun-dappled trees and golden light; one more cliche violation and his license to direct would be forfeit.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Here on Earth plods along predictably, hammering home its moral points and struggling to spin a spiritual haze around the kids' romance.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Citysearch

La dirección del filme cae más dentro de los parámetros de una miniserie o película hecha expresamente para la televisión que para la pantalla grande

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Moviola

Well-intentioned but irredeemably goopy.

January 1, 2000

Things are not helped by the performances: Klein is simply a stiff, and Sobieski is neither more nor less Joan of Arc here than she was on TV.

January 1, 2000
New Times

Such a mawkish and poorly constructed piece of melodrama.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Chris Klein began his acting career when he was discovered in high school, and his technique has not yet caught up with his career (or his abdominal muscles).

January 1, 2000
Ottawa Citizen

Audience Reviews for Here On Earth

This was really a sweet movie.
December 23, 2008

Super Reviewer

So the girl was dating an jerk and then fell for a prick. I didn't really get this movie.
February 9, 2007

Super Reviewer

A surgary tale about young love. I liked it.
January 26, 2007

Super Reviewer

[font=Arial][color=darkred]The story 'Earth' portrays is nothing groundbreaking: new guy arrives in town, sweeps girl off her feet because he's "different" than the rest, earns ire from mean boyfriend, and eventually gets the girl. It's been the plot from everything from 'Lady and the Tramp' to 'Edward Scissorhands'. But even though the theme is based in predictability, the creators of 'Here on Earth' seem to have lazily put forth an execution.[/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=darkred]The movie and its screenwriter have their logic completely reversed. The girl's boyfriend is supposed to be the wife-beating snotty jerk, and the new kid is supposed to be the nice sensitive "different" guy. But in 'Earth', Klein is the snotty Richy Rich whose colors never change, and Josh Hartnett is the dependable and established nice guy boyfriend. What kind of way is it to build dramatic sympathy toward a character who flights from a nice caring guy to have sex with an arogant newbie as soon as he arrives?! The structure of this tragic tale is no way to build drama, only contempt for the female lead.[/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=darkred]Whatever high-minded message 'Earth' is hopelessly aiming for is destroyed by dialogue so cheesy that it could be considered a side dish at a local Taco Bell. By the time Klein starts naming Leelee's breasts after different states in the Union the movie loses what little credibility it had - or thought it did. ("Massachusettes welcomes you") It's a wonder most of these young actors can even say what they do with a straight face.[/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=#8b0000][i]Spoilers follow as I make fun of this movie.[/i][/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=darkred]Just when you're wondering why the hell Leelee is doing the things she does and it looks as if we may reach a conclusion or insight - [i]BAM![/i] - she has cancer and dies. This ranks up with "it was all just a dream" as one of the cheapest ways to sneek out of an uncomfortable or unexplainable position. It turns out our Joan of Arc bumped her knee and somehow that has exploded into unstoppable cancer. The doctor tells the distraught family members that they always suspected this could happen. Like hell! Everytime I stub my damn toe it never crosses my mind I've contracted cancer.[/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=darkred]'Here on Earth' is supposed to be the tear-jerker for the teeny bopper audience out there; the 'Love Story' for the under twenty. But the only thing wringing from this formulaic clunker of a sob story is a healthy outpouring of sap, moral high ground, and a warning to always wear knee pads.[/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=darkred]Nate's Grade: C- [/color][/font]
February 23, 2006
Nate Zoebl

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