Rambling Rose
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Rambling Rose is the most part a flashback, related by grown-up Southerner Buddy Hillyer (John Heard). The bulk of the film takes place in 1935, when rambunctious backwoods housekeeper Rose (Laura Dern) virtually invades the Hillyer household. Daddy Hillyer (Robert Duvall), a bed-rock Southern gentleman, welcomes the congenitally amoral but basically goodhearted Rose into his house, carefully fending off her ill-timed romantic advances. But Rose can't help feeling smitten with him; meanwhile, she has also drawn the attentions of 13-year-old Buddy (Lukas Haas). Based on the novel by… More

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"It's a beauty."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The movie is all character and situation, and contains some of the best performances of the year, especially in the ensemble acting of the four main characters."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Probes the mixture of fear and awe many men experience when they meet the life-force of women."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Truly extraordinary performances, the familiar yet rarely predictable script and the fertile subtext that looks at sexuality and desire through feminist question marks, makes 'Rambling Rose' one of the year's most touching and absorbing movie experiences."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"[A] funny, moving, spectacularly acted little film."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Seen in a flashback through the eyes of an adolescent, this uncommon coming-of-age tale, which raises poignant questions about the mysteries of sex and love, flaunts a superb performance from Laura Dern as the promiscuous girl"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A modest but pleasingly adult entertainment at a time when even the most promising American films ultimately revert to Pollyannaish platitudes."
‑ Stephen Farber, Movieline
"A touching, humorous and enjoyable film."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Willingham, who also scripted Paths of Glory, Little Big Man and The Graduate, wrote Rose in the early 1970s. Thanks to these sterling performances almost two decades later, his screenplay enjoys a fresh and tender blossoming."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A quirky, funny but moving story with terrific performances all around."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"So much here is rich and touching, not to mention the string of superb performances, that the film still merits a recommendation."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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