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Square Dance (Home is Where the Heart Is)

Square Dance (Home is Where the Heart Is) (1987)

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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 6

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Gemma (Winona Ryder) is a young teen raised by her crusty grandfather Dillard (Jason Robards) in this drama of a young woman's coming of age. When she goes to the city to spend the summer with her estranged mother Juanella (Jane Alexander), she falls for Rory (Rob Lowe), a rural rube of less-than-average intelligence, but her only true friend in a hypocritical town. Gemma's promiscuous mother delights in reminding the emotional Gemma that her father could be any one of several men, and Gemma's

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Mar 18, 2003

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Notwithstanding a knockabout performance by Jane Alexander as a Fort Worth floozy, Square Dance is do-si-dull.

May 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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There are so many small, well-crafted touches about the movie it`s painful to report that the whole is not quite the sum of its parts.

May 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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story can move you even if it's predictable, and that's what Square Dance accomplishes. It makes contact with its people, its land; it makes us feel for them; it hews out a slice of the earth, our earth, and makes it real.

May 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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It's so cotton-pickin' clichéd.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Nothing that happens comes as much of a surprise.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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If I were to describe the plot of Square Dance, you'd likely laugh out loud. The movie itself denies even that pleasure. This is a weary morality play that sinks under the weight of its good intentions.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The heights Square Dance reaches up until then are enough to make it one of the laudable films of the year.

May 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

It's Rob Lowe's wildly unbelievable performance as the mentally disabled Rory (which seems to belong to another film altogether) that you'll be discussing once the movie's over.

May 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Using the familiar positions of the square dance as its central metaphor, this coming-of-age story is sincere but unexceptional.

May 20, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Petrie is let down by the screenplay, but displays compassion for all the central characters and is helped by superb performances.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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