Places in the Heart Reviews

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August 8, 2015
Even in a year that included the formidable likes of Amadeus, Stop Making Sense and The Terminator, this was the best picture of 1984.
March 9, 2015
Headed by the versatile Sally Field, the cast of Places in the Heart is almost a convention of Hollywood's best character actors.
March 9, 2015
This remarkably poignant drama of Depression-era Texas boasts Sally Field's finest performance since her Oscar-winning Norma Rae five years ago.
March 9, 2015
A beautifully paced and sumptuously shot heart-twanger that won Sally Field a richly deserved best actress Oscar.
May 5, 2014
Inspiring, intense tale about hardship, bigotry, redemption.
January 3, 2012
Benton effectively re-creates depression-era Texas in this moving tale that landed the second Oscar for Field.
June 5, 2008
Places in the Heart is a loving, reflective homage to his hometown by writer-director Robert Benton.
December 6, 2007
Set in the Depression, Benton's memory film is too sanctimonious and idealistic, showing how economic misery and hard times bring out the best, here in the form of a new community, composed of a white widow and her children, a black hobo and a blind.
February 18, 2007
June 24, 2006
Much is unemphatic, but all of it carries the moving weight of conviction. And it ends on a healing grace-note which passeth all understanding.
February 8, 2006
A treasure of a film. The performances are beyond great.
October 21, 2005
June 30, 2005
October 23, 2004
[Benton's] memories provide the material for a wonderful movie, and he has made it, but unfortunately he hasn't stopped at that. He has gone on to include too much.
July 19, 2004
moving and inventive
April 23, 2004
Field succeeds in making Edna both fragile and tough-minded, defiant not by character or disposition but by sheer effort of will.
August 3, 2003
July 15, 2003
Brilliant, Oscar-winning period piece
June 4, 2003
Benton's personal drama is soulful and utterly absorbing. And yes, we really like Sally Field in this defiant role
May 20, 2003
Out of the memories of his boyhood in Waxahachie, Tex., during the Great Depression, and within the unlikely tradition of the old-fashioned ''mortgage'' melodrama, Robert Benton has made one of the best films in years about growing up American.
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