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Hearts in Atlantis Reviews

October 3, 2001
Hicks ... coats the film in a bogus idyllic mist that substitutes cheap sentiment for blunt truth.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
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.
September 28, 2001
A precious respite from the postmodern era and all that it entails.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 28, 2001
Much of Hearts feels a little empty, a little unmotivated.
September 28, 2001
Unabashedly sentimental, it's meant to touch our hearts in profound and important ways, but misses the mark by drawing too deeply from a pool of schmaltz.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 28, 2001
The story's enchantment feels forced and coy, its mysteries tricked-up and flimsy.
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.
September 28, 2001
A sweet coming-of-age story set in the summer of 1960, akin in mood to [King's] Stand by Me.
September 28, 2001
Put simply, the movie drags.
September 28, 2001
All that early promise goes for naught when the picture approaches the final act, whereupon the various mysteries yield solutions that prove to be silly or sentimental or both.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 28, 2001
The performances are all first-rate, reinforcing the promise Hicks showed in the beautifully acted Shine.
September 28, 2001
Going for transcendence, [Hicks] gives us lugubriousness.
September 28, 2001
A poignant and often beautifully acted film.
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.
September 28, 2001
A pungently evocative, beautifully burnished mood piece.
September 28, 2001
All atmosphere and no action.
September 28, 2001
Rarely does a movie make you feel so warm and so uneasy at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 0/5
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.
September 27, 2001
You come out of the theater with nothing more specific than half-pleasant memories of baseball gloves, Ferris wheels and vintage automobiles. I've had naps that were more exciting.
September 27, 2001
Hopkins turns his character's speeches -- like that one about Atlantis -- into little vaudeville routines. The whole performance, in fact, is one big, tricky shtick.
September 27, 2001
Too formulaic and discursive to engage our emotions.
September 27, 2001
Hicks, whose style did not enhance Snow Falling on Cedars, proves to be a good match for this material.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 27, 2001
Don't underestimate the appeal of a heart-tugger that's this well mounted.
September 27, 2001
Its heart is certainly in the right place, but its head makes some misjudgments.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 27, 2001
Watching it feels like leafing through an old photo album you've been forced to thumb through one time too many.
September 27, 2001
Hearts in Atlantis is too poky and contrived to be a good movie, but its lushly serene atmospherics, given current events, make it a pure slice of sentimental comfort food.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 27, 2001
Hearts in Atlantis is, in many ways, a wonderful movie, but it's too clean and well behaved.
September 27, 2001
At its best, the movie has that 'a tale told' quality that Goldman used so winningly in The Princess Bride.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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
September 12, 2001
Goldman's astute screenplay mirrors the way youthful recollections work.