Hope Floats
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Actor/director Forest Whitaker (Waiting to Exhale) helmed this romantic drama about a one-time high-school beauty queen who returns to her hometown of Smithville, TX. The Steven Rogers screenplay begins in Chicago, where blonde Connie (Rosanna Arquette, uncredited) appears on a trashy daytime talk show and tells a nationwide TV audience about her affair with the husband of her best friend, Birdie Pruitt (Sandra Bullock). Walking into the ambush, Birdie is paraded forth for a public humiliation as Connie's claim is confirmed by husband Bill (Michael Paré). Birdie and her young daughter,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Redemptive drama ready made for family viewing."
‑ Carly Kocurek, Common Sense Media
"Well, no it doesn't."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"This very ordinary story is told soap opera style..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"... just horrible, horrible, horrible."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"In order for us to believe in the future and to step into it with buoyancy, we need the nurturing support of those nearest and dearest to us. Then hope floats."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The first half of this Sandra Bullock vehicle is so winning and observant, it's especially disappointing when the storyline begins losing air at the midway point."
‑ Kevin Lally, Film Journal International
"The plot of this tear-jerker is a little heavy-handed, and so is the directing by Forest Whitaker."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"Nothing spells dull and saccharine quite like the two dreaded H's--hugs and healing."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"At times heartwarming home-town kitsch, at other times predictable puppy-love pablum for the young and recently separated, Hope Floats... but just barely."
‑ Elias Savada, Nitrate Online
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