Desert Hearts
Desert Hearts (1998)

In a film adapted from the novel Desert of the Heart by Jane Rule, an unassuming college professor (Helen Shaver) comes to Nevada to get a divorce. There, a friendship with a young casino waitress (Patricia Charbonneau) soon turns into a… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: May 22, 2007
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

The story is not sensationalistic, although its love scene could not be more emotional. It`s a gentle story of someone being brought in from the cold.

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Emanuel Levy

Despite many shortcomings--narrow focus, stiff dialogue, and lack of humor--it's worth seeing for historical reasons: this movie herladed a new wave of American gay and lesbian independent films.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A smooth and sensitive film that convincingly circles around the many different kinds of love and lets in light from several angles.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
The story of an unexpected, atypical lesbian romance set in 1950's Reno, Nevada. If you're willing to overlook the low production quality and a few… More
Anastasia Bartzoulianou
One of the most sensitive stories for what it feels like to be a woman who loves women, "Desert Hearts" made quite a difference when it was released.… More