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Where the Heart Is Reviews

September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: F
April 25, 2003
Not possessing much in the way of a character arc, saints are boring to watch and impossible to act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 6, 2002
The scenes feel forced, producing episodic plotting and calling attention to the characters' superficiality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 28, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: F
January 1, 2000
The filmmakers have crafted a motion picture that should appeal to members of both sexes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
A generic, below-par chick flick.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
It appears to have been cobbled together from all the story lines the network sponsors wouldn't approve.
January 1, 2000
Watching Where the Heart Is, in fact, is a little like listening to the town gossip run her mouth about everyone she knows.
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
January 1, 2000
Where the Heart Is fails to build much emotional momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 1, 2000
A swamp of clichés, contrivances, and cheap ham-and-cheese hero sentimentality.
January 1, 2000
Banal and trite where it could have been insightful and emotionally truthful.
January 1, 2000
Heart definitely lacks much of the earthy lyricism it's obviously striving for.
January 1, 2000
It's too bad [Portman and Frain's] contributions, and those of many others, drown in a big glop of treacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
January 1, 2000
Williams and the Ganz/Mandel team never establish a consistent tone, shuttling from funny scenes to serious ones so arbitrarily that the two moods cancel each other out.
January 1, 2000
Crappy writing and overall shoddy construction.
January 1, 2000
Serves up the usual homilies, but it lacks the quirky density and cinematic snap of, for instance, Jonathan Demme in his Melvin and Howard period.
January 1, 2000
Portman ... is remarkably persuasive as the unschooled Novalee.
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
January 1, 2000
Delightful.
January 1, 2000
Has enough humor and polish to gull you into enjoying its jest-folks fakery. But you may hate yourself in the morning.
Read More | Original Score: C+
January 1, 2000
Where the Heart Is is everything that cynical moviegoers despise.
January 1, 2000
The movie isn't all that much -- it's too cloyingly ramshackle -- but Portman isn't playing down to her character this time around.
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.
January 1, 2000
One-stop shopping for your emotional movie needs.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
A veritable ventricular chamber orchestra of emotional manipulations and easy virtues.
January 1, 2000
Grand Guignol-on- trailer-wheels horror show.
January 1, 2000
The director, Matt Williams, does little to keep the audience from jumping ahead of the script.
January 1, 2000
Funny, fresh and reassuring.
January 1, 2000
It evokes laughs and a few tears, but also groans at bad material.
January 1, 2000
Astonishingly shameless melodrama.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5