Places in the Heart Reviews

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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.
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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.
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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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
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
August 3, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
February 8, 2006
A treasure of a film. The performances are beyond great.
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
May 5, 2014
Inspiring, intense tale about hardship, bigotry, redemption.
Full Review | 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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Variety Staff
Variety
June 5, 2008
Places in the Heart is a loving, reflective homage to his hometown by writer-director Robert Benton.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 11, 2002
| 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
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.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 19, 2004
moving and inventive
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
October 21, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
June 30, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
February 18, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
July 15, 2003
Brilliant, Oscar-winning period piece
| Original Score: 5/5
Josh Gilchrist
Billings Outpost (Montana)
August 14, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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