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Hearts in Atlantis Reviews

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Top Critic
James Berardinelli
September 26, 2001
For me, the turgid pace and uneven writing muted any appreciation I might have of what it offers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 28, 2001
Every moment of this Stephen King adaptation is phony.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
June 13, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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-
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
September 24, 2001
The story and characters feel fake and schematic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Gonsalves
September 17, 2007
A movie that says we might as well pack it in as soon as we turn 18 is more bitter than bittersweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 28, 2001
All atmosphere and no action.
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
September 24, 2001
In the battle of style versus substance, it's style by a head.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Arthur Lazere
September 25, 2001
The characterizations are stock and the film is plot-driven, never getting under the surface or offering fresh insight.
Erik Childress
September 26, 2001
The film version plays like a series of three underdeveloped subplots in search of a movie
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 28, 2001
The film looks gorgeous -- all late-afternoon sunlight and adorably elfin-yet-serious child actors -- but that truncheon just keeps bashingyou in the head: Isn't! Growing! Up! Scary! Yet! Kinda! Interesting!
Carlo Cavagna
September 28, 2001
Darabont Lite
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-
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 4, 2002
...minor shortcomings come in its overused setting, slightly lackadaisical pace, and mildly unresolved conclusion, small matters if the movie puts you under its spell.
| Original Score: 6/10
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
September 27, 2001
Hicks seems uncertain how to tie up all his loose threads, framing a scene near the end amid diaphanous white sheets on a clothesline.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 28, 2001
A nostalgic fiasco so shameless it makes movies like Simon Birch and Frequency seem as austere as the work of Robert Bresson.
| Original Score: 0/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 28, 2001
A fussy piece of schmaltz that makes you long for Stand By Me, a vastly superior coming-of-age tale from King's pen.
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Gene Seymour
September 28, 2001
The story's enchantment feels forced and coy, its mysteries tricked-up and flimsy.
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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
September 28, 2001
The acting is so good, you almost want to forgive the fact that they're not saying anything, and the film has no real point.
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
October 8, 2001
Michael Szymanski
February 24, 2004
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Todd McCarthy
August 6, 2008
Joshua Tyler
August 12, 2002
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
February 12, 2002
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 12, 2002
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
June 10, 2002
Mark Freeman
Critical Eye
March 9, 2002
September 28, 2001
A Stephen King tale with the merest hint of the supernatural, suspended in syrupy nostalgia...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
October 4, 2001
October 12, 2001
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Alexander Walker
London Evening Standard
December 15, 2003
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Ebert & Roeper
September 27, 2001
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 8, 2002

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