88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Rarely does a movie make you feel so warm and so uneasy at the same time.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Sometimes thrilling, sometimes suffocatingly tasteful adaptation of Stephen King's 1999 novel.
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
A powerful and surehandedly crafted depth charge of a movie.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Don't underestimate the appeal of a heart-tugger that's this well mounted.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Too poky and contrived to be a good movie, but its lushly serene atmospherics, given current events, make it a pure slice of sentimental comfort food.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Desmond Ryan
A film with many redeeming qualities. Its heart is certainly in the right place, but its head makes some misjudgments.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
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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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
What a shame, though, that the movie isn't a livelier business.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Is it possible to have too much Anthony Hopkins? Believe it or not, the answer is yes. Hopkins' quiet power and perfectly formed vowels overwhelm the rickety, falsely sentimental Hearts in Atlantis.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The movie is pleasant enough, in its studied way, and Mr. Hopkins does as well as anyone could in the role of a wise man with vaguely supernatural powers. Still, it's awfully amorphous and pokey.
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55 out of 100
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