Hearts in Atlantis
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
One of the short stories in a best-selling collection by author Stephen King becomes this mystery adapted for director Scott Hicks by screenwriter William Goldman, who previously transformed a King story into a box-office hit (Misery, 1990). In the summer of 1960, young Bobby Garfield (Anton Yelchin) is sharing adventures with his best friends Carol (Mika Boorem) and Sully (Will Rothhaar) when an enigmatic lodger named Ted Brautigan (Anthony Hopkins) rents a room in his family's boarding house. Bobby's self-absorbed, widowed mother Liz (Hope Davis) couldn't care less about her son,… More

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hicks ... coats the film in a bogus idyllic mist that substitutes cheap sentiment for blunt truth."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A precious respite from the postmodern era and all that it entails."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Above average coming of age story."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Hicks' film is a beautiful trifle, a neat trick of light and sound to coax empathy"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"The film has a lot of nice little touches going for it, and while there are the obligatory moments of heartstring plucking underscored by the stir of violins, it never really overdoes things. The only problem is, it's just been so done already."
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
"The unblinking sympathy for kids struggling with evil and with the strange frequencies of prepubescent passion can, if your defenses are down, lay you out."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Much of Hearts feels a little empty, a little unmotivated."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"A movie that says we might as well pack it in as soon as we turn 18 is more bitter than bittersweet."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"If good cinematographers are 'panning for gold' with their camera lens, Sobocinski has put his pan in the river and come back with a fortune."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"You'll still come away from Hearts in Atlantis wanting to read the book, but had Hicks and Goldman got it right, you would've run straight from the cinema to buy it."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"Hicks's film is magical, but its magic comes not from the inexplicable phenomena we most commonly associate with King, but from the charms of childhood."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Unabashedly sentimental, it's meant to touch our hearts in profound and important ways, but misses the mark by drawing too deeply from a pool of schmaltz."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"What happened to the prodigious vitality of Scott Hicks (Shine): His third feature sugffers from the same stifling artistic treatment that his second did, and this one is based on stories by Stephen King!"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Hearts in Atlantis is a leap of faith with nothing on the other side."
‑ Jordan Hiller, Bangitout.com
"While this film has the potential to be either a heartwarming coming-of-age story or a tense psychological thriller, it doesn't really achieve either goal."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
More reviews for Hearts in Atlantis on Rotten Tomatoes

More Like This

The Green Mile
1408 (2007)