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How to Make an American Quilt Reviews

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 2, 2016
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.
Joanna Berry
Radio Times
August 2, 2016
Some of the episodic tales work better than others, but all are interesting and there are splendid characterisations from both young and more senior members of the cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film4
August 2, 2016
Even rough, tough boys will be seduced by this immensely likeable film.

TV Guide
August 2, 2016
Contrived? Sure. Predictable? Mostly. Soapy? You bet. But with a cast like this, who cares?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
Rollicking, soap-like tale of women's love lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Leonard Klady
Variety
March 27, 2009
Dramatically, more ultimately proves less, and the jumble feels like it should have been torn apart and rethreaded with stronger material.
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Karen McCluskey
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
April 27, 2005
winona spoils the lovely vignettes
| Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 8, 2005
The stories are uninvolving, often too brief, and they quickly grow tiresome and repetitive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
This exceptional film takes the makings of a limp "women's weeper" and as if by magic, spins them into gold.
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
March 4, 2003
Also known as, 'How to Make an American Critic Doze Off."
| Original Score: 1/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 28, 2002
Commends the value of women sharing their stories and secrets across generational lines.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Flat out, "How to Make an American Quilt" is a wonderful movie -- soulful, funny, eccentric and filled with a love of female humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Linton Weeks
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Anderson has written a confident screenplay; the result is a warm, comforting movie for sisters and daughters and mothers and aunts. And for the men who love them.
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Eve Zibart
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
If you love those actresses, you'll probably love the film.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
A patchwork quilt can be a beautiful thing, but a patchwork movie is a more iffy proposition.
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USA Today
January 1, 2000
Despite its hard-sell coming attraction and pot-smoking granny singing rock oldies, How to Make an American Quilt turns out to be a wealth of old-style Hollywood magic.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Where Moorhouse could have veered toward the overwrought and sentimental, a la "Fried Green Tomatoes," she steers the movie through the more believable middle ground of genuine emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Fretts
Entertainment Weekly
October 6, 1995
Despite a few threadbare patches, How to Make an American Quilt hangs together nicely.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
October 7, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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