• PG-13, 1 hr. 58 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Daniel Petrie Sr
    In Theaters:
    Feb 20, 1987 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 18, 2003


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Square Dance (Home is Where the Heart Is) Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

May 20, 2013
Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News

The heights Square Dance reaches up until then are enough to make it one of the laudable films of the year.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News

May 20, 2013
David Parkinson
Radio Times

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.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 20, 2013
Johanna Steinmetz
Chicago Tribune
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 20, 2013
Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 20, 2013

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2/4

May 20, 2013
Derek Adams
Time Out
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It's so cotton-pickin' clichéd.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006


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

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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Nothing that happens comes as much of a surprise.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 20, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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We, on the other hand, do-si-doze.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 2/5

July 4, 2005
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

| Original Score: 2/5

March 24, 2004
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