Where the Heart Is
Where the Heart Is (2000)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 28, 2000
DVD Release Date: September 26, 2000
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Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Poor script and messy plot undermines the decent cast.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Not possessing much in the way of a character arc, saints are boring to watch and impossible to act.

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Todd McCarthy

Banal and trite where it could have been insightful and emotionally truthful.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

A chick flick that's as yummy as eating bon-bons.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The scenes feel forced, producing episodic plotting and calling attention to the characters' superficiality.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Heart definitely lacks much of the earthy lyricism it's obviously striving for.

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... a great big ol' commercial for the Wal-Mart

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Where the Heart Is has a screenplay like that, zigging and zagging and wildly careening from one melodramatic development to the next.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

The movie isn't all that much -- it's too cloyingly ramshackle -- but Portman isn't playing down to her character this time around.

Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

The script, based on a novel by Billie Lett, is sprinkled with phrases meant to be poignant and funny, but sound like repackaged cliches.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
I was close to selling this DVD, but then decided to give it one last gander before goodbye. I'm glad I did cuz this is really quite a sweet movie about… More
Cassie Hill
A heart warming movie. I really enjoyed this movie & Natalie Portman was excellent in it. I love it :) Just a great movie :) Natalie Portman is just so… More
Red Lats
A feel-good movie where a pretty young pregnant girl (Natalie Portman) gets left at a Walmart in Oklahoma. During the movie, Natalie has to figure out how to… More
Spencer S.
It starts off slow and steady, but suddenly gains momentum. Nice premise, and good acting.
Nicki Marie
An all time favourite - still as good 11 years later as the first time I watched it. This really is the ultimate girl movie - good story to it and great cast.… More
Hogans Hero
So very good!