Heaven & Earth
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With Heaven and Earth -- cobbled together from two autobiographical reminiscences (When Heaven and Earth Changed Places and Child of War, Woman of Peace by Le Ly Hayslip -- Oliver Stone completes his self-declared "Vietnam Trilogy" (the other films being Platoon and Born On the Fourth of July) of films examining the Vietnam War from different perspectives. Heaven and Earth begins in the central Vietnamese village of Ky La during the 1950s. Phung Le Ly (Hiep Thi Le) is an innocent peasant girl, helping her mother (Joan Chen) to tend the rice paddies while being lectured in the ways of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mr. Stone tells this tale vigorously, but he has the wrong cinematic vocabulary for his heroine's essentially passive experience."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Heaven and Earth has the epic scope one would expect from a film of this magnitude, but it lacks much of the narrative strength of Stone's first two Vietnamese tales."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Touches the heart not only as a cross-cultural treasure but as Oliver Stone's most soulful movie."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Heaven has so many themes, ranging from Buddhist spirituality to feminism, it ends up with none."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"What Oliver Stone has created is his Mrs. Miniver for the Vietnam era."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Stone has a keen directorial eye, and Heaven and Earth is usually interesting to watch."
‑ Scott Renshaw, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"This is the first time [Stone] has tried to place himself inside a woman's imagination, and that he succeeds so well is due partly...to an extraordinary performance by Hiep Thi Le in the leading role."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Overblown, forgettable Oliver Stone epic."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"I found this story moving and at times wrenching...Oliver Stone has made his best film about Vietnam."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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