Hearts in Atlantis
Hearts in Atlantis (2001)

One of the short stories in a best-selling collection by author Stephen King becomes this mystery adapted for director Scott Hicks by screenwriter William Goldman, who previously transformed a King story into a box-office hit (Misery,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 28, 2001
DVD Release Date: July 27, 2004
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Critic Score: 49% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Hearts in Atlantis is well-acted and beautiful to look at, but the movie is nothing more than a mood piece.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Hicks ... coats the film in a bogus idyllic mist that substitutes cheap sentiment for blunt truth.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

A precious respite from the postmodern era and all that it entails.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Above average coming of age story.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

The unblinking sympathy for kids struggling with evil and with the strange frequencies of prepubescent passion can, if your defenses are down, lay you out.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Much of Hearts feels a little empty, a little unmotivated.

Rob Gonsalves

A movie that says we might as well pack it in as soon as we turn 18 is more bitter than bittersweet.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Hicks's film is magical, but its magic comes not from the inexplicable phenomena we most commonly associate with King, but from the charms of childhood.

Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Unabashedly sentimental, it's meant to touch our hearts in profound and important ways, but misses the mark by drawing too deeply from a pool of schmaltz.

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Emanuel Levy

What happened to the prodigious vitality of Scott Hicks (Shine): His third feature sugffers from the same stifling artistic treatment that his second did, and this one is based on stories by Stephen King!

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Thomas Johnston
Another surprise story from Stephen King! So many things about the boy's Mom upsets me. Even though "bogiemen" are the obvious villains, I find… More
CAST: Anton Yelchin, Hope Davis, Anthony Hopkins, Mika Boorem, David Morse, Adam LeFevre, William Rothhaar, Alan Tudyk, Tom Bower, Celia Weston DIRECTED BY:… More
Summer W.
I'm always apprehensive when it comes to one of King's adaptations. King's books are rich and complex narratives, and much of that is lost in… More
Conner Rainwater
A very good movie, although I can't exactly call it amazing. It's one of Stephen King's less fantastical stories, but just as well written. The… More
Red Lats
Most of Stephen King's books involve the supernatural somehow. After a while, that gets to me - our world is not a world where much is supernatural. But… More
Cassandra Maples
Having read the short story by Stephen King , the film is fairly true to the book and like the book it leaves you with a feeling of "that was good but is… More