Places in the Heart
Places in the Heart (1984)

After her husband is killed, Sally Field is forced to take over the debt-ridden Texas family farm herself. She accepts the help of African-American Danny Glover and blind boarder John Malkovich. Despite almost insurmountable odds, Field… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 9, 2001
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Places in the Heart is a quiet character piece with grand ambitions that it more than fulfills, thanks to absorbing work from writer-director Robert Benton and a tremendous cast.

Variety Staff
Variety

Places in the Heart is a loving, reflective homage to his hometown by writer-director Robert Benton.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Out of the memories of his boyhood in Waxahachie, Tex., during the Great Depression, and within the unlikely tradition of the old-fashioned ''mortgage'' melodrama, Robert Benton has made one of the best films in years about growing up American.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Headed by the versatile Sally Field, the cast of Places in the Heart is almost a convention of Hollywood's best character actors.

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Chris Peachment
Time Out

Much is unemphatic, but all of it carries the moving weight of conviction. And it ends on a healing grace-note which passeth all understanding.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Robert Benton spends most of this film signaling his intentions to make a noble, stirring piece of dust-bowl Americana on the model of a Ford or Vidor, yet the goods he delivers are wholly synthetic.

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Peter Travers
People Magazine

This remarkably poignant drama of Depression-era Texas boasts Sally Field's finest performance since her Oscar-winning Norma Rae five years ago.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

[Benton's] memories provide the material for a wonderful movie, and he has made it, but unfortunately he hasn't stopped at that. He has gone on to include too much.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Even in a year that included the formidable likes of Amadeus, Stop Making Sense and The Terminator, this was the best picture of 1984.

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Sue Heal
Radio Times

A beautifully paced and sumptuously shot heart-twanger that won Sally Field a richly deserved best actress Oscar.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
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Sally Field, Lindsay Crouse, Ed Harris Edna Spalding finds herself alone and broke on a small farm in the midst of the Great Depression when her husband the… More
Daisy Maduro
Places in the heart was a movie I took from my friend list, award winning movies.It was a strong well made drama that took place in Texas during the Depression… More
jay nixon
sally's very good but the film is slow
John Ballantine
A well polished pieces but sometimes these bits of drippiness weigh heavily on me. Just have to get me in the right mood to like this one more.