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: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
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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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Set in the Depression, Benton's memory film is too sanctimonious and idealistic, showing how economic misery and hard times bring out the best, here in the form of a new community, composed of a white widow and her children, a black hobo and a blind.

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Derek Adams
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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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Inspiring, intense tale about hardship, bigotry, redemption.

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Clint Morris
Moviehole

A treasure of a film. The performances are beyond great.

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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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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Benton effectively re-creates depression-era Texas in this moving tale that landed the second Oscar for Field.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

moving and inventive

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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.