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Hearts in Atlantis Reviews

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
October 26, 2001
As I write this review, I find myself growing nostalgic for the film. I want to walk away from my computer and see it again right now. It's just that good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 24, 2001
...a lazy, unfocused, long summer afternoon of a film, full of good ideas that never get properly developed.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 16, 2001
The film hopes your imagination will be better than the author's in finishing the story.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 13, 2001
Director Scott Hicks imbues this fascinating coming-of-age drama with remarkable scenes and an astonishingly rich collection of performances.
Michael Dequina
October 11, 2001
A stock tale of mentorship and coming-of-age during one of those eventful summers that only seem to exist in movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
October 8, 2001
The acting from Hopkins and young Yelchin is consistently strong.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 8, 2001
plays as if it were a rough cut of preliminary scenes that lacks the cohesion that might bring them together into a complete story
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Yazmin Ghonaim
October 8, 2001
Most successful in its construction of the concept of Time.
Todd R. Ramlow
October 8, 2001
The nostalgia infusing Hearts in Atlantis often makes the film infuriating, as well as just plain dopey.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
October 4, 2001
Audiences with an appreciation or even a tolerance of this genre will find this to be above average.
| Original Score: 3/5
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
October 4, 2001
[Hopkins delivers] a professional performance as always.
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 3, 2001
Hicks ... coats the film in a bogus idyllic mist that substitutes cheap sentiment for blunt truth.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
October 2, 2001
The unblinking sympathy for kids struggling with evil and with the strange frequencies of prepubescent passion can, if your defenses are down, lay you out.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 1, 2001
Though the mystery -- the film's real draw -- turns out to be less than it seemed at first, the theme of childhood loss still hits home with a beautiful ache.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 1, 2001
Falls squarely into the near miss category.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
September 30, 2001
Hearts In Atlantis takes way too much time getting to the point ... and it never seems to figure out exactly what that point is.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
September 30, 2001
If nostalgia was all this film is about, it wouldn't be worth much. It is more than that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Max Messier
September 28, 2001
In the end, though, the film feels cheap and used up -- like watching a two-hour Hallmark special.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Carlo Cavagna
September 28, 2001
Darabont Lite
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 28, 2001
Hicks's film is magical, but its magic comes not from the inexplicable phenomena we most commonly associate with King, but from the charms of childhood.
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