How to Make an American Quilt 1995

How to Make an American Quilt

Critics Consensus

How to Make an American Quilt is a bit of a patchwork from a storytelling standpoint, but a strong ensemble cast led by Winona Ryder helps hold it all together.

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Soon-to-be-wed graduate student Finn Dodd (Winona Ryder) develops cold feet when she suspects her fiancé is cheating on her. In order to clear her head, Finn visits her grandmother, Hy (Ellen Burstyn), and great aunt, Glady Joe Cleary (Anne Bancroft), in Grasse, Calif. There, Finn learns that Hy and Glady Joe are members of a group of passionate quilters, and over the course of her visit she is regaled with tales of love and life by women who have collected rich experiences and much wisdom.

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Critic Reviews for How to Make an American Quilt

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (13)

  • It has its effective moments but it tends to indicate emotions more than deliver them, and is finally more conventional and unadventurous than its elements would lead you to believe.

    August 2, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Dramatically, more ultimately proves less, and the jumble feels like it should have been torn apart and rethreaded with stronger material.

    March 27, 2009

    Leonard Klady

    Variety
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  • Ryder, as gamine as ever, delivers her most credible performance to date, while the luminous Simmons and imposing Angelou infuse the film with grace and understated charm.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • This exceptional film takes the makings of a limp "women's weeper" and as if by magic, spins them into gold.

    May 20, 2003 | Full Review…
  • Flat out, "How to Make an American Quilt" is a wonderful movie -- soulful, funny, eccentric and filled with a love of female humanity.

    June 18, 2002 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • If you love those actresses, you'll probably love the film.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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  • Oct 23, 2012
    Not without merit by highlighting the silent sacrifices of women from more repressed times, but still pretty dull.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2010
    Oh Lord. Overly sentimental rubbish. Please keep me away from films like this.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2009
    <a href="http://tinypic.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i30.tinypic.com/hs3ss6.jpg" border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic"></a> Winona Ryder's role in this typical American movie, was nothing more then breathtaking. The message brought in here was clearly. It was about a young woman Finn (Winona) who was about to get married with her long time fiance(Dermot Mulroney). She decided to pass the summer away from him to be sure of her feelings and to be with her great aunts. These aunts were quilt makers for years and while she was there they told her their stories of their past life.The movie unfold these flashbacks stories beautifully. So Finn discovered that love was not perfect, and that you must appreciate what you have.Good performances by Anne Bancroft and Ellen Burstyn.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2009
    One of my top 5 most boring films of all time list. zzzzzzzz nothing more to say!
    Lee K Super Reviewer

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