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The Whole Wide World (1996)



Average Rating: 7.8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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A touching and unusual love story, The Whole Wide World was based on a memoir by Novalyne Price Ellis, in which she recalled her brief romance with Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian and one of the finest and most prolific pulp writers of his day. In 1933, Novalyne Price (Renee Zellweger) is a pretty but shy Texas schoolteacher who would like to be a writer some day. A friend offers to introduce her to Howard (Vincent D'Onofrio), who writes broad, bold yarns about superhuman heroes


Drama, Romance, Special Interest

Michael Scott Myers

Jul 29, 2003

Sony Entertainment

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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (3) | DVD (5)

It adroitly conveys author Robert E. Howard's slow disconnect from the world, and the effect that had on those around him.

January 24, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

"well-acted and moving"

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

Robert E. Howard himself may have been a more interesting character than any of his fantastic creations

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The Whole Wide World

Nicely done bio-drama based on the book written by Novalyn Price Ellis. It's about time we witnessed a woman making a decision about a man via her head, not her heart. She loved him, but he was just too damaged. From what I have read about this writer, he was quite a talented, yet strange man. This is an enjoyable glimpse into the life of an amazing and complex man and the woman who, aside from his own mother, probably knew him best.
December 16, 2013

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Not a bad picture. This is back in the days when Renee Zellweger was tolerable. Period pictures don't stay with me for the most part however and that is my sentiment about this one. I stopped thinking about it once it was done.
January 9, 2013
John Ballantine

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Great performances from D'Onofrio and Zellweger.
June 27, 2008

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