Square Dance
Square Dance (1987)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 18, 2003
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Notwithstanding a knockabout performance by Jane Alexander as a Fort Worth floozy, Square Dance is do-si-dull.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

It's so cotton-pickin' clichéd.

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Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News

The heights Square Dance reaches up until then are enough to make it one of the laudable films of the year.

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Johanna Steinmetz
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Nothing that happens comes as much of a surprise.

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David Parkinson
Radio 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.

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles 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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-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.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Using the familiar positions of the square dance as its central metaphor, this coming-of-age story is sincere but unexceptional.

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