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A Map of the World

A Map of the World (1999)

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65

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 55
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 19

Disjointed storytelling overshadows noteworthy performances.

75

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 4

Disjointed storytelling overshadows noteworthy performances.

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56

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 2,058

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Movie Info

In this contemporary drama, Sigourney Weaver plays a woman out of her element and at the end of her rope. Alice Goodwin is a wife and mother who finds that the pressures of her life are starting to become more than she can bear. Alice works part-time as a school nurse while her husband Howard (David Strathairn) runs the family farm; they both look after their two daughters. Alice, who wasn't raised in farm country, still feels like an outsider, and she embraces a cynical, sarcastic humor as a

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Peter Hedges, Polly Platt

Sep 26, 2000

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All Critics (61) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (19) | DVD (5)

Sigourney Weaver dominates with her powerful performance but the film, a feature debut from theater director Scott Elliott, is so poorly conceived and staged that much of the emotional impact gets lost

December 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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Gives three first-rate actors a chance to stretch.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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That which does not kill us makes us ... well, still alive.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Slate
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Good performances all through the movie.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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Worth navigating for its refusal to play to the crowd. There's certainly nothing safe or sweet about Weaver's performance.

January 1, 2000
Mr. Showbiz
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An accomplished film that continually takes us beyond our first impressions of people and situations.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Cast somewhat against type, Sigourney Weaver is terrific even if the film is a bit staid.

October 27, 2003
Nitrate Online

A profoundly unnecessary movie with pretty good performances; perfectly captures the noble mediocrity of the novel.

October 11, 2003
Nick's Flick Picks

The fairly simple storyline...is certainly stretched quite thin over the two hour running time.

October 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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An emotionally effecting drama about one woman's difficult journey into forgiving and making peace with herself.

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

For those who crave intelligent 'mom in trouble' dramas.

October 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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The film positively crawls.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

The screenplay has such unspeakable dialogue that you don't even believe in the characters you're watching.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Sigourney Weaver gives an Oscar-caliber performance.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Asks how anyone could live with themselves when a child entrusted into their care dies.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Maddeningly uneven.

January 1, 2000
Los Angeles Daily News

Gooey with sentiment.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

The result of what happens when a pedestrian director shoots a tone-deaf script.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

A sincere film, but strangely uninvolving.

January 1, 2000
Reel.com

Disappointingly unengaging.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire
SPLICEDWire

Most of the film feels borrowed from other movies.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for A Map of the World

Wow. This movie is crazy dark.
February 28, 2009
SunilJawahir

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Great movie!
December 16, 2007
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