Cross Creek
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Director Martin Ritt's bucolic rural environments of Norma Rae, Conrack, and Sounder, are re-visited once again in Cross Creek, based on author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' memoirs of her times on a remote Florida bayou. Mary Steenburgen plays Rawlings, author of The Yearling, who, in 1928, makes the abrupt decision to leave her husband and move to an isolated orange grove to concentrate on her writing. Rawlings buys a run-down house covered with cobwebs that she restores with quick dispatch. In these desolate surroundings, Rawlings pauses in her housecleaning to listen reflectively to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's an uncompelling, yet warm, tale which lightly skips over the woman's travails by illustrating a series of vignettes of rural humanity."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Martin Ritt's chronicle of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is not particularly illuminating of the writer's life, but it's well acted by Mary Steenburgen and especially Alfre Woodard."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The script may take some liberties with the facts, but when the resulting movie is this likeable you soon cease to care."
‑ , Film4
"Never one to stint himself when it comes to romantic overkill, Ritt piles on the slush with even more gusto than usual."
‑ , Time Out
"Alas, this uninspired, perfunctory literary bio isn't saved by its handsome visuals."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Somehow, Mr. Ritt manages to use this very artificiality in the service of an optimism that is very much his own."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"At once touching and weird."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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