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The Rising Place Reviews

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Edward Havens
November 11, 2002
A solid cast, assured direction and complete lack of modern day irony.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Jan Stuart
November 8, 2002
It is one more celluloid testimonial to the cruelties experienced by Southern blacks as distilled through a Caucasian perspective.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 8, 2002
Looks awfully like one long tourist spot for a Mississippi that may never have existed outside of a scriptwriter's imagination.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
November 8, 2002
Rice never clearly defines his characters or gives us a reason to care about them.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
November 8, 2002
A not-so-Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood with a hefty helping of Re-Fried Green Tomatoes.

E! Online
November 8, 2002
Never rises above its own unleavened blandness.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 8, 2002
Salutes an interracial friendship between two Southern women and the ways in which enthusiasm can be a life-saving gift in tough times.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
November 7, 2002
Sticky sweet sentimentality, clumsy plotting and a rosily myopic view of life in the WWII-era Mississippi Delta undermine this adaptation.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 7, 2002
This misty-eyed Southern nostalgia piece, in treading the line between sappy and sanguine, winds up mired in tear-drenched quicksand.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
November 7, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly
November 7, 2002
However sincere it may be, The Rising Place never quite justifies its own existence.
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Nat Johnson
Village Voice
November 5, 2002
Yet another weepy Southern bore-athon.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
November 4, 2002
The overall feel is not unlike watching a glorified episode of "7th Heaven."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
November 2, 2002
[Creates] the worst kind of mythologizing, the kind that sacrifices real heroism and abject suffering for melodrama.
Emanuel Levy
September 14, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Null
June 12, 2005
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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