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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Average Rating: 3.2/5

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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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I watched this years ago and can remember being quite disappointed with it. Enough time has now gone by that I felt like a re-watch. Has it improved with age? Well, yes and no. First of all, it is a little on the dull side. I don't think the story of a young woman, Finn (Winona Ryder), who goes to stay with her older female relatives who are part of a quilting circle would be too many people's idea of riveting viewing. Finn is recently engaged and has cold feet, so she becomes interested in hearing about the romantic lives of her relatives and their friends, which she is also using as a thesis topic. In flashback form, we see the disappointments and hardships these strong women have faced, as well as the parts that made it seem worthwhile. It's sentimental and a little cliched in that way American movies seem to be, but it is nice in its way. I think maybe it's a film that improves with repeat viewings, as there are quite a few female characters here, plus their younger selves, it can get a little confusing as to who is who! The acting is excellent. A really good cast here. I think this is more a movie to appeal to an older female audience. Not one for young girls as they will be bored, as I was first time I watched this, I was not at an age to relate to the older women here. Men also, I think would be bored - even older ones! I recommend it, but with reservations. Maybe one to watch on tv !

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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Winona visits her grandmonther and joins her sewing circle and learns about their relationships. Touching movie.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

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½

great actresses but it misses being being great by being too diffuse and ends up unsatisfying

jay nixon
jay nixon

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½

A sewing circle muses about life and love. Now THAT's what I call entertainment...

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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