A Map of the World (1999)

A Map of the World



Critic Consensus: Disjointed storytelling overshadows noteworthy performances.

Movie Info

In this contemporary drama, Sigourney Weaver plays a woman out of her element and at the end of her rope. Alice Goodwin is a wife and mother who finds that the pressures of her life are starting to become more than she can bear. Alice works part-time as a school nurse while her husband Howard (David Strathairn) runs the family farm; they both look after their two daughters. Alice, who wasn't raised in farm country, still feels like an outsider, and she embraces a cynical, sarcastic humor as a … More

Rating: R (Some Sexuality and Language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Peter Hedges, Polly Platt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 26, 2000



as Alice Goodwin

as Howard Goodwin

as Theresa Collins

as Carole Mackessy

as Debbie

as Dyshett

as Paul Reverdy

as Dan Collins

as Emma Goodwin

as Claire Goodwin

as Robbie Mackessy

as Susan Durkin

as Judge Patterson

as Det. Grogan
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Critic Reviews for A Map of the World

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (18)

Sigourney Weaver dominates with her powerful performance but the film, a feature debut from theater director Scott Elliott, is so poorly conceived and staged that much of the emotional impact gets lost

Full Review… | December 26, 2006
Top Critic

Acting and character development are uneven.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

The film overflows with the studied ordinariness that prevails in Mom movies, where glamorous Hollywood stars muck about in pajamas and a little epiphany may be signaled by a broken cereal bowl on the kitchen floor.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

Scott Elliott's palsied directorial debut, from a mine shaft-ridden script, is a sick joke.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Village Voice
Top Critic

Too many situations are set up or suggested without much follow-through.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Worth navigating for its refusal to play to the crowd. There's certainly nothing safe or sweet about Weaver's performance.

January 1, 2000
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for A Map of the World


Wow. This movie is crazy dark.

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

Great movie!

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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