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Rambling Rose (1991)

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100

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 18
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 0

A touching. bittersweet, and wonderfully-acted film.

100

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 0

A touching. bittersweet, and wonderfully-acted film.

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Rambling Rose is the most part a flashback, related by grown-up Southerner Buddy Hillyer (John Heard). The bulk of the film takes place in 1935, when rambunctious backwoods housekeeper Rose (Laura Dern) virtually invades the Hillyer household. Daddy Hillyer (Robert Duvall), a bed-rock Southern gentleman, welcomes the congenitally amoral but basically goodhearted Rose into his house, carefully fending off her ill-timed romantic advances. But Rose can't help feeling smitten with him; meanwhile,

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Mar 16, 1999

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (0) | DVD (2)

It's a beauty.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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[A] funny, moving, spectacularly acted little film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Willingham, who also scripted Paths of Glory, Little Big Man and The Graduate, wrote Rose in the early 1970s. Thanks to these sterling performances almost two decades later, his screenplay enjoys a fresh and tender blossoming.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The movie is all character and situation, and contains some of the best performances of the year, especially in the ensemble acting of the four main characters.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Seen in a flashback through the eyes of an adolescent, this uncommon coming-of-age tale, which raises poignant questions about the mysteries of sex and love, flaunts a superb performance from Laura Dern as the promiscuous girl

October 31, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

A quirky, funny but moving story with terrific performances all around.

July 17, 2003
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Probes the mixture of fear and awe many men experience when they meet the life-force of women.

May 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A modest but pleasingly adult entertainment at a time when even the most promising American films ultimately revert to Pollyannaish platitudes.

January 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Movieline
Movieline

So much here is rich and touching, not to mention the string of superb performances, that the film still merits a recommendation.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Truly extraordinary performances, the familiar yet rarely predictable script and the fertile subtext that looks at sexuality and desire through feminist question marks, makes 'Rambling Rose' one of the year's most touching and absorbing movie experiences.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

A touching, humorous and enjoyable film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Rambling Rose

This unusual coming-of-age movie is charming, warm, witty and full of delightful surprise about a naive but sexually uninhibited girl arrives in an old-fashioned Southern household and soon has all the men in the family, indeed in the town, in a tizzy.
March 19, 2007
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Dean McKenna

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Rambling Rose is the definitive Laura Dern performance. I particularly like mother-daughter performances as there is often additional sizzle to fictional work and Dern and Diane Ladd don't disappoint.
July 5, 2012
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