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A Map of the World (1999)

A Map of the World (1999)

A Map of the World



Critic Consensus: Disjointed storytelling overshadows noteworthy performances.

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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 defense mechanism. Alice's only real friends in town are Dan and Theresa Collins (Ron Lea and Julianne Moore), who live nearby and often babysit Alice's kids; Alice does the same for the Collins children as well. One day, while watching Theresa's two-year-old daughter Lizzie, Alice has to step away for a few minutes, and she returns to discover Lizzie has fallen into a pond near the house; the child falls into a coma and dies several days later. Lizzie's death puts a permanent wedge between Alice and Theresa, and most people in the community believe Alice is to blame for the girl's death. Any support she might have had is driven away when Robbie (Marc Donato), a boy who lives nearby, claims Alice molested him. Alice is sent to jail while awaiting trial, and Howard (who can't afford her $100,000 bail) must watch over their daughters and keep house by himself as he tries to keep the farm afloat. As Alice falls into a deep depression behind bars, Howard and Theresa begin edging into a romance. Based on the best-selling novel by Jane Hamilton, A Map of the World was adapted for the screen by Peter Hedges and Polly Platt and director Scott Elliott.more
Rating: R (Some Sexuality and Language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Peter Hedges, Polly Platt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 26, 2000
Overseas Filmgroup - Official Site


Sigourney Weaver
as Alice Goodwin
David Strathairn
as Howard Goodwin
Julianne Moore
as Theresa Collins
ChloŽ Sevigny
as Carole Mackessy
Sara Rue
as Debbie
Arliss Howard
as Paul Reverdy
Ron Lea
as Dan Collins
Dara Perlmutter
as Emma Goodwin
Kayla Perlmutter
as Claire Goodwin
Marc Donato
as Robbie Mackessy
Lisa Emery
as Susan Durkin
John Bourgeois
as Judge Patterson
Nancy McAlear
as Det. Grogan
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Critic Reviews for A Map of the World

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (18)

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

Full Review… | December 26, 2006
Top Critic

Acting and character development are uneven.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

The film overflows with the studied ordinariness that prevails in Mom movies, where glamorous Hollywood stars muck about in pajamas and a little epiphany may be signaled by a broken cereal bowl on the kitchen floor.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

Scott Elliott's palsied directorial debut, from a mine shaft-ridden script, is a sick joke.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Village Voice
Top Critic

Too many situations are set up or suggested without much follow-through.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for A Map of the World


Wow. This movie is crazy dark.

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

Great movie!

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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