• PG, 1 hr. 53 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Robert Benton
    In Theaters:
    Sep 21, 1984 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 9, 2001
  • Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Places in the Heart Reviews

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Inspiring, intense tale about hardship, bigotry, redemption.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

May 5, 2014

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Benton effectively re-creates depression-era Texas in this moving tale that landed the second Oscar for Field.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 3, 2012
Variety Staff
Variety
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Places in the Heart is a loving, reflective homage to his hometown by writer-director Robert Benton.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 5, 2008
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B-

December 6, 2007
Derek Adams
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Clint Morris
Moviehole

A treasure of a film. The performances are beyond great.

Full Review Source: Moviehole

February 8, 2006
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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[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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 23, 2004
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

moving and inventive

| Original Score: 4/5

July 19, 2004
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

Field succeeds in making Edna both fragile and tough-minded, defiant not by character or disposition but by sheer effort of will.

Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: B+

April 23, 2004
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

Brilliant, Oscar-winning period piece

| Original Score: 5/5

July 15, 2003
Frank Ochieng
TheWorldJournal.com

Benton's personal drama is soulful and utterly absorbing. And yes, we really like Sally Field in this defiant role

| Original Score: 4/5

June 4, 2003
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/4

May 20, 2003
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Emotionally affecting film about struggling through adversity and living with hope in a small Texas town during the 1930s.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

September 1, 2002
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

quiet drama that settles into the memory like a story Grandma might tell

| Original Score: 4/5

July 29, 2002
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com

Places definitely feels manipulative and sometimes even shameless, but cheap isn't a word that applies here.

Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 5, 2002
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

| Original Score: 3/5

February 18, 2007
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

| Original Score: 4/5

October 21, 2005
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

| Original Score: 5/5

June 30, 2005
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com

| Original Score: 4/5

August 3, 2003
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 4/5

October 11, 2002
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