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Norma Rae Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
April 16, 2014
At its heart, Norma Rae isn't a button-wearing union film as much as it is a character study of one woman who is pushed to the point of doing something spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
February 1, 2012
Inspiring pro-union story is good watch-together fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 23, 2009
Sally Field won her first Oscar playing union activist Norma Rae.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 11, 2008
Photographed in murky yellows and browns by John Alonzo, this 1979 film is sluggish and vague, trivializing its subject in a wash of unearned sentimentality.

TV Guide
January 11, 2008
Sally Field won her first Oscar for her performance in the title role, a complex portrayal of an working-class southern woman.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
January 11, 2008
Norma Rae is that rare entity, an intelligent film with heart.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 19, 2007
A beautifully made, splendidly acted film that more than achieves its aims.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
September 14, 2006
The closure is consistent and satisfying, standing in opposition to conventional Hollywood happy endings: Norma Rae and Jewish labor leader part as equals, with a respectful handshake rather than embrace or kiss; both have benefited from the friendship
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Clint Morris
March 11, 2006
Does it get any better than Sally Field?
| Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Nicely performed by a strong cast, especially Field and Leibman, it's often mawkishly soft, but surprisingly touching.
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 30, 2004
Harrowing union vs corporation film has Oscar winning Field.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Norma Rae is a seriously concerned contemporary drama, illuminated by some very good performances and one, Miss Field's, that is spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 26, 2001
This inspiring movie really connects with our emotions. . . . Sally Field has the meatiest role of her career.
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Sally Field made us like her, really like her, as the scrappy, titular star of this unionization drama.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Cole Smithey
October 17, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 5, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 4, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
February 21, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 16, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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