A Map of the World
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In this contemporary drama, Sigourney Weaver plays a woman out of her element and at the end of her rope. Alice Goodwin is a wife and mother who finds that the pressures of her life are starting to become more than she can bear. Alice works part-time as a school nurse while her husband Howard (David Strathairn) runs the family farm; they both look after their two daughters. Alice, who wasn't raised in farm country, still feels like an outsider, and she embraces a cynical, sarcastic humor as a defense mechanism. Alice's only real friends in town are Dan and Theresa Collins (Ron Lea and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sigourney Weaver dominates with her powerful performance but the film, a feature debut from theater director Scott Elliott, is so poorly conceived and staged that much of the emotional impact gets lost"
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Good performances all through the movie."
‑ Roger Ebert, At the Movies
"Cast somewhat against type, Sigourney Weaver is terrific even if the film is a bit staid."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"An emotionally effecting drama about one woman's difficult journey into forgiving and making peace with herself."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The screenplay has such unspeakable dialogue that you don't even believe in the characters you're watching."
‑ Kevin Courrier, Boxoffice Magazine
"Gives three first-rate actors a chance to stretch."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Worth navigating for its refusal to play to the crowd. There's certainly nothing safe or sweet about Weaver's performance."
‑ Kevin Maynard, Mr. Showbiz
"A profoundly unnecessary movie with pretty good performances; perfectly captures the noble mediocrity of the novel."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"For those who crave intelligent 'mom in trouble' dramas."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Sigourney Weaver gives an Oscar-caliber performance."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"That which does not kill us makes us ... well, still alive."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"An accomplished film that continually takes us beyond our first impressions of people and situations."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"The fairly simple storyline...is certainly stretched quite thin over the two hour running time."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The film positively crawls."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Asks how anyone could live with themselves when a child entrusted into their care dies."
‑ David N. Butterworth, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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