Where the Heart Is
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Pregnant 17-year-old Novalee Nation (Natalie Portman) runs away from her Tennessee home toward the bright lights of California, accompanied by her boyfriend, Willy Jack Pickens (Dylan Bruno). But Willy gets cold feet and abandons her at a Walmart in Sequoyah, OK. Novalee's life savings amount to $5.55, so she moves into the Walmart, sleeping there at night and venturing out during the day. With the help of the eccentric Sister Husband (Stockard Channing), and Lexie Coop (Ashley Judd), a nurses' aide, Novalee tries to get her life in order for the sake of her expected child, Americus… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Not possessing much in the way of a character arc, saints are boring to watch and impossible to act."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Banal and trite where it could have been insightful and emotionally truthful."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"A chick flick that's as yummy as eating bon-bons."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"...enjoyable enough."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Terrific, grounded performances by Natalie Portman as Novalee and Ms. Judd as Lexie are the saving graces of the movie."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"The scenes feel forced, producing episodic plotting and calling attention to the characters' superficiality."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The movie isn't all that much -- it's too cloyingly ramshackle -- but Portman isn't playing down to her character this time around."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"... a great big ol' commercial for the Wal-Mart"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"This is as irritating as chick flicks come and it's a real disappointment since Portman's talents are totally wasted."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
"A rambling but rich examination of both the human spirit and the oft-undiscussed need for a greater community that each of us can plug into."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"Where the Heart Is has a screenplay like that, zigging and zagging and wildly careening from one melodramatic development to the next."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Has enough humor and polish to gull you into enjoying its jest-folks fakery. But you may hate yourself in the morning."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"The script, based on a novel by Billie Lett, is sprinkled with phrases meant to be poignant and funny, but sound like repackaged cliches."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"Unfortunately, the spirited performances (notably Stockard Channing as the benevolent Sister Husband) buckle under the weight of the implausibly overloaded script."
‑ Kay Dickinson, Sight and Sound
"Where the heart is trató de abarcar mucho y dar un mensaje demasiado moralista. Pero indudablemente Natalie brilla."
‑ Luis Martinez, Cinenganos
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