Where the Heart Is - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Where the Heart Is Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
... a great big ol' commercial for the Wal-Mart
| Original Score: C-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Where the Heart Is has a screenplay like that, zigging and zagging and wildly careening from one melodramatic development to the next.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Aspires to be funny, poignant and inspirational, but real emotion seldom penetrates its sticky sugar coating.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 1, 2000
Where the Heart Is displays an unerring ability to go where the schmaltz is.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
January 1, 2000
Full of poorly written Hollywood tripe, a coming-of-age story in which yeah, the main character gets older, but she doesn't learn anything.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
Banal and trite where it could have been insightful and emotionally truthful.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
The moronic script by Lowell Ganz and 'Babaloo' Mandel has all the subtlety of a Hee Haw reunion and more schmaltz than a Catskills retirement home.
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
In the hands of TV director Matt Williams ... it's a choppy mess that belongs on the street corner Monday morning.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
This low-impact unwed motherhood epic never gets any deeper than a pebble skipping across a pond.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 20, 2002
The film appears to be one big advertisement for the giant department store Wal-Mart and its trailer park clientele.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Astonishingly shameless melodrama.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Heart definitely lacks much of the earthy lyricism it's obviously striving for.
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
The movie becomes the synthetic, airless heart-warmer you feared was on its way.
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
A swamp of clichés, contrivances, and cheap ham-and-cheese hero sentimentality.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
It appears to have been cobbled together from all the story lines the network sponsors wouldn't approve.
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
July 2, 2004
The script, based on a novel by Billie Lett, is sprinkled with phrases meant to be poignant and funny, but sound like repackaged cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
January 1, 2000
It simply overflows with stories, subplots and sidebars.
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
January 1, 2000
Episodic, uneven screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
The scenes feel forced, producing episodic plotting and calling attention to the characters' superficiality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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