Map of the Human Heart
Map of the Human Heart (1992)

Vincent Ward directed this beautifully photographed romantic tale about a bold love affair stretching across both years and cultural barriers. The film begins in the Arctic in 1965 as a young mapmaker (John Cusack) arrives in an Eskimo… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1992
DVD Release Date: May 31, 2004
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Janet Maslin
New York Times

Even by Mr. Ward's own high standards in the area of idiosyncrasy, this is a daringly peculiar tale.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The best movies seem to reinvent themselves as they move along, not drawing from worn-out sources, and Map of the Human Heart is one of the year's best films.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Succeeds admirably in showing us just how much love the heart can hold in the face of so many obstacles and so much pain.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

A film of incantatory intensity and moment by a prodigiously gifted young filmmaker.

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Emanuel Levy

As directed and co-written by Vincent Ward, this romantic drama tries to say something poignant about a doomed interracial love and the fateful nature of human encounters, but everything about it is excessive.

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Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

An interesting, overlooked film

James Berardinelli

Despite its historical surrounding and a few stabs at thematic depth, Map of the Human Heart has all the flavor and plot complexity of a Harlequin romance.

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Michael Dequina

Visually stunning and emotionally powerful... a buried treasure.

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Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

Dreamy, romantic, and ultimately haunting. A rare movie that deserves to be called a true original.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Nice. Moving. Touching...even though the style of this movie definitely shows its age. Much has happened in the last 20 yrs to improve productions. To see this… More
Dean McKenna
Average film narrative about an Inuit Eskimo's life and his relationship with a half-breed Indian girl that looks like its epic story.
Bill Cavros
The movie starts off very well with interesting relationships between Inuit, European and other Meso-American peoples and then switches gears into a sweeping… More