Mary Poppins Returns
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It is one more celluloid testimonial to the cruelties experienced by Southern blacks as distilled through a Caucasian perspective.
Looks awfully like one long tourist spot for a Mississippi that may never have existed outside of a scriptwriter's imagination.
A not-so-Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood with a hefty helping of Re-Fried Green Tomatoes.
This misty-eyed Southern nostalgia piece, in treading the line between sappy and sanguine, winds up mired in tear-drenched quicksand.
Rice is too pedestrian a filmmaker to bring any edge or personality to The Rising Place that would set it apart from other Deep South stories.
However sincere it may be, The Rising Place never quite justifies its own existence.
A solid cast, assured direction and complete lack of modern day irony.
Rice never clearly defines his characters or gives us a reason to care about them.
Never rises above its own unleavened blandness.
Salutes an interracial friendship between two Southern women and the ways in which enthusiasm can be a life-saving gift in tough times.
Sticky sweet sentimentality, clumsy plotting and a rosily myopic view of life in the WWII-era Mississippi Delta undermine this adaptation.
The overall feel is not unlike watching a glorified episode of "7th Heaven."
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