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Here on Earth Reviews

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Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Contrived plot purposely pulls at heartstrings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 20, 2002
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.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Blake French
March 14, 2001
Demonstrates the lowest, most unscrupulous technique of filmmaking -- it involves no imagination, creativity, or original ideas.
| Original Score: .5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
For a movie about the ferocity of first love, it seems curiously pallid and passionless.
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
January 1, 2000
Think Love Story, just without the story.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 1, 2000
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
On the bright side, Here on Earth does present viewers with a couple of handy rules to avoid bad movies. Beware of any movie that has characters reciting poetry to each other.
Dave Kehr
January 1, 2000
Here on Earth plods along predictably, hammering home its moral points and struggling to spin a spiritual haze around the kids' romance.
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
Here on Earth is a missed opportunity.
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Robert Koehler
January 1, 2000
Dramatically, the tragedy couldn't possibly be flatter.
January 1, 2000
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
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kasia Anderson
January 1, 2000
Well-intentioned but irredeemably goopy.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Lazily conceived characters.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Here on Earth hungers for the nostalgia of an Elia Kazan-style farmbelt romantic tragedy à la East of Eden, but the end result is more akin to a soggy Troy Donahue-Sandra Dee weeper.
Andy Klein
New Times
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.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
Once its central premise is established, though, Here on Earth begins to fall apart, done in by a flat, boneheaded script that paints itself into a dramatic corner.
Michael Dequina
January 1, 2000
Such a mawkish and poorly constructed piece of melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
Director Mark Piznarski, who cut his teeth on My So Called Life, isn't able to to animate this perfunctory tear-jerker.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Three appealing performers are lumbered with material that doesn't measure up to them in Here on Earth.
Jay Stone
Ottawa Citizen
January 1, 2000
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).
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