Hope Floats
Hope Floats (1998)

Actor/director Forest Whitaker (Waiting to Exhale) helmed this romantic drama about a one-time high-school beauty queen who returns to her hometown of Smithville, TX. The Steven Rogers screenplay begins in Chicago, where blonde Connie… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: May 29, 1998
DVD Release Date: January 8, 2002
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Critic Score: 24% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Carly Kocurek
Common Sense Media

Redemptive drama ready made for family viewing.

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Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Well, no it doesn't.

Kevin Lally
Film Journal International

The first half of this Sandra Bullock vehicle is so winning and observant, it's especially disappointing when the storyline begins losing air at the midway point.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... just horrible, horrible, horrible.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

In order for us to believe in the future and to step into it with buoyancy, we need the nurturing support of those nearest and dearest to us. Then hope floats.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This very ordinary story is told soap opera style...

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John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

The plot of this tear-jerker is a little heavy-handed, and so is the directing by Forest Whitaker.

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Elias Savada
Nitrate Online

At times heartwarming home-town kitsch, at other times predictable puppy-love pablum for the young and recently separated, Hope Floats... but just barely.

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Michael Dequina

Nothing spells dull and saccharine quite like the two dreaded H's--hugs and healing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
An airy, nothing kind of film, which is always trying to be more than it is. You go in thinking itâ(TM)s some flouncy Sandra Bullock vehicle, where she can be… More
Dean McKenna
Good touching and poignant drama film that has it all... love and pain... laughter and tears. It's perfect. The beauty of the country along with the small… More
Jameson Worley
Good movie! A little underrated in my opinion, but it's mostly because not too many have seen it. I definitely recommend it! I used to live in Smithville,… More
Jason Spencer
I didn't care for the film. The character that Sandra Bullock plays isn't a likable one and I didn't really care if she was happy in the end.… More
Dean King
Sandra Bullock looks lovely as always but this film was very slow and dull. I just kept waiting for something to happen. Thought it might be a rom-com to start… More
Tim Sigur
The half star is for Gena.