The Rising Place
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The Rising Place
A woman learns a valuable lesson about her family as she and her aunt look back at her troubled past in this independent drama. As Virginia Wilder (Frances Fisher) visits her elderly Aunt Millie (Alice Drummond) for the Christmas holidays, she discovers a number of letters she received during the 1940s, and gains a new and clearer picture of Millie's life when she was younger. Teenaged Emily (Laurel Holloman) falls in love with a soldier who soon ships out to fight in World War II, but not before she discovers herself pregnant. When the soldier refuses to marry her, Emily is left to have… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 13%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is one more celluloid testimonial to the cruelties experienced by Southern blacks as distilled through a Caucasian perspective."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"This misty-eyed Southern nostalgia piece, in treading the line between sappy and sanguine, winds up mired in tear-drenched quicksand."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A solid cast, assured direction and complete lack of modern day irony."
‑ Edward Havens, FilmJerk.com
"Salutes an interracial friendship between two Southern women and the ways in which enthusiasm can be a life-saving gift in tough times."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"[Creates] the worst kind of mythologizing, the kind that sacrifices real heroism and abject suffering for melodrama."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Looks awfully like one long tourist spot for a Mississippi that may never have existed outside of a scriptwriter's imagination."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Rice is too pedestrian a filmmaker to bring any edge or personality to The Rising Place that would set it apart from other Deep South stories."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Rice never clearly defines his characters or gives us a reason to care about them."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
"Sticky sweet sentimentality, clumsy plotting and a rosily myopic view of life in the WWII-era Mississippi Delta undermine this adaptation."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A not-so-Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood with a hefty helping of Re-Fried Green Tomatoes."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"However sincere it may be, The Rising Place never quite justifies its own existence."
‑ Mark Olsen, L.A. Weekly
"Never rises above its own unleavened blandness."
‑ , E! Online
"The overall feel is not unlike watching a glorified episode of "7th Heaven.""
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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