Square Dance (Home is Where the Heart Is)
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Square Dance (Home is Where the Heart Is)
Gemma (Winona Ryder) is a young teen raised by her crusty grandfather Dillard (Jason Robards) in this drama of a young woman's coming of age. When she goes to the city to spend the summer with her estranged mother Juanella (Jane Alexander), she falls for Rory (Rob Lowe), a rural rube of less-than-average intelligence, but her only true friend in a hypocritical town. Gemma's promiscuous mother delights in reminding the emotional Gemma that her father could be any one of several men, and Gemma's frustration leads to an inevitable confrontation between mother and daughter. Deborah… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Notwithstanding a knockabout performance by Jane Alexander as a Fort Worth floozy, Square Dance is do-si-dull."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It's so cotton-pickin' clichéd."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"The heights Square Dance reaches up until then are enough to make it one of the laudable films of the year."
‑ Ben Yagoda, Philadelphia Daily News
"Petrie is let down by the screenplay, but displays compassion for all the central characters and is helped by superb performances."
‑ , Film4
"There are so many small, well-crafted touches about the movie it`s painful to report that the whole is not quite the sum of its parts."
‑ Johanna Steinmetz, Chicago Tribune
"Nothing that happens comes as much of a surprise."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"It's Rob Lowe's wildly unbelievable performance as the mentally disabled Rory (which seems to belong to another film altogether) that you'll be discussing once the movie's over."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"story can move you even if it's predictable, and that's what Square Dance accomplishes. It makes contact with its people, its land; it makes us feel for them; it hews out a slice of the earth, our earth, and makes it real."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times
"If I were to describe the plot of Square Dance, you'd likely laugh out loud. The movie itself denies even that pleasure. This is a weary morality play that sinks under the weight of its good intentions."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Using the familiar positions of the square dance as its central metaphor, this coming-of-age story is sincere but unexceptional."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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