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How to Make an American Quilt (1995)

tomatometer

83

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

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64

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 11,256

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Movie Info

A young woman at a crossroads in her life finds herself receiving plenty of advice from her older and wiser counterparts in this drama. Finn Dodd (Winona Ryder) is a graduate student trying to finish up her doctoral thesis on women's folk art while deciding if she should marry her fiancé Sam (Dermot Mulroney); she's not sure if she's ready to settle down, and suspects that Sam is unfaithful to her. Needing time to sort things out, Finn chooses to spend the summer with her grandmother Hy (Ellen

PG-13,

Drama, Comedy

Feb 23, 1999

MCA Universal Home Video

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (10) | DVD (2)

Despite its hard-sell coming attraction and pot-smoking granny singing rock oldies, How to Make an American Quilt turns out to be a wealth of old-style Hollywood magic.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Rollicking, soap-like tale of women's love lives.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

winona spoils the lovely vignettes

April 27, 2005 | Comment (1)

The stories are uninvolving, often too brief, and they quickly grow tiresome and repetitive.

January 8, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Also known as, 'How to Make an American Critic Doze Off."

March 4, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Commends the value of women sharing their stories and secrets across generational lines.

August 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for How to Make an American Quilt

I watched this years ago and can remember being quite disappointed with it. Enough time has now gone by that I felt like a re-watch. Has it improved with age? Well, yes and no.
First of all, it is a little on the dull side. I don't think the story of a young woman, Finn (Winona Ryder), who goes to stay with her older female relatives who are part of a quilting circle would be too many people's idea of riveting viewing.
Finn is recently engaged and has cold feet, so she becomes interested in hearing about the romantic lives of her relatives and their friends, which she is also using as a thesis topic. In flashback form, we see the disappointments and hardships these strong women have faced, as well as the parts that made it seem worthwhile. It's sentimental and a little cliched in that way American movies seem to be, but it is nice in its way. I think maybe it's a film that improves with repeat viewings, as there are quite a few female characters here, plus their younger selves, it can get a little confusing as to who is who!
The acting is excellent. A really good cast here. I think this is more a movie to appeal to an older female audience. Not one for young girls as they will be bored, as I was first time I watched this, I was not at an age to relate to the older women here. Men also, I think would be bored - even older ones!
I recommend it, but with reservations. Maybe one to watch on tv !
December 29, 2011
romy861

Super Reviewer

Winona visits her grandmonther and joins her sewing circle and learns about their relationships. Touching movie.
August 11, 2007
thmtsang
Candy Rose

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great actresses but it misses being being great by being too diffuse and ends up unsatisfying
April 8, 2007
jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

A sewing circle muses about life and love. Now THAT's what I call entertainment...
March 6, 2007
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