Places in the Heart Reviews

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
March 9, 2015
Headed by the versatile Sally Field, the cast of Places in the Heart is almost a convention of Hollywood's best character actors.
Peter Travers
People Magazine
March 9, 2015
This remarkably poignant drama of Depression-era Texas boasts Sally Field's finest performance since her Oscar-winning Norma Rae five years ago.
Sue Heal
Radio Times
March 9, 2015
A beautifully paced and sumptuously shot heart-twanger that won Sally Field a richly deserved best actress Oscar.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
May 5, 2014
Inspiring, intense tale about hardship, bigotry, redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 3, 2012
Benton effectively re-creates depression-era Texas in this moving tale that landed the second Oscar for Field.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
June 5, 2008
Places in the Heart is a loving, reflective homage to his hometown by writer-director Robert Benton.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 6, 2007
Set in the Depression, Benton's memory film is too sanctimonious and idealistic, showing how economic misery and hard times bring out the best, here in the form of a new community, composed of a white widow and her children, a black hobo and a blind.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Chris Peachment
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Much is unemphatic, but all of it carries the moving weight of conviction. And it ends on a healing grace-note which passeth all understanding.
Clint Morris
Moviehole
February 8, 2006
A treasure of a film. The performances are beyond great.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
[Benton's] memories provide the material for a wonderful movie, and he has made it, but unfortunately he hasn't stopped at that. He has gone on to include too much.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 19, 2004
moving and inventive
| Original Score: 4/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
April 23, 2004
Field succeeds in making Edna both fragile and tough-minded, defiant not by character or disposition but by sheer effort of will.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
July 15, 2003
Brilliant, Oscar-winning period piece
| Original Score: 5/5
Frank Ochieng
TheWorldJournal.com
June 4, 2003
Benton's personal drama is soulful and utterly absorbing. And yes, we really like Sally Field in this defiant role
| Original Score: 4/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Out of the memories of his boyhood in Waxahachie, Tex., during the Great Depression, and within the unlikely tradition of the old-fashioned ''mortgage'' melodrama, Robert Benton has made one of the best films in years about growing up American.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 1, 2002
Emotionally affecting film about struggling through adversity and living with hope in a small Texas town during the 1930s.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2002
quiet drama that settles into the memory like a story Grandma might tell
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
March 5, 2002
Places definitely feels manipulative and sometimes even shameless, but cheap isn't a word that applies here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Robert Benton spends most of this film signaling his intentions to make a noble, stirring piece of dust-bowl Americana on the model of a Ford or Vidor, yet the goods he delivers are wholly synthetic.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
February 18, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
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