How to Make an American Quilt


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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In this tender film, a group of women instruct a nervous bride with lessons from their own lives. Finn Dodd has returned to her hometown to escape her wedding preparations and write her thesis. While her friends and relations patiently stitch Finn's wedding quilt, each of them tells a story.


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Critic Reviews for How to Make an American Quilt

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (20) | 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.

    Aug 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.

    Mar 27, 2009

    Leonard Klady

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jun 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.

    Jun 18, 2002 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Walking out of the movie, I jotted a note to myself: "This is not my cup of tea, but I'm prepared to admit it's someone's. I see what they're doing but there is not much zest in the doing of it."

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for How to Make an American Quilt

  • 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="" target="_blank"><img src="" 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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