• Released
  • November 8, 2002
  • Period Film
    Drama
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
This cliché-filled labor of love is staffed with some fine performers - Jennifer Holliday sings at a juke joint and Frances Sternhagen plays an older version of Emily's sister.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
This low-key drama is always warm and mellow, although it doesn't build much of an emotional charge.
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50

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
As earnest as its artless young characters, Tom Rice's intermittently affecting debut walks a well-trod path without finding anything very new.
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40

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Sticky sweet sentimentality, clumsy plotting and a rosily myopic view of life in the WWII-era Mississippi Delta undermine this adaptation of an unpublished novel by David Armstrong.
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40

Village Voice

Broadway dreamgirl Jennifer Holliday's musical interludes occasionally relieve this mélange of recycled social morality lessons.
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40

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
Deeply felt but flat and unimaginative.
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30

L.A. Weekly

By Mark Olsen
As a first-time filmmaker who juggles such duties as writing, directing, producing, even playing piano solos on the soundtrack, Rice is in over his head.
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30

Variety

By Scott Foundas
An ultra-touchy-feely race-relations, civil-rights drama as imagined by theme-park organizers, with every character painted in broad strokes in a story that eagerly tugs at every available heartstring -- and rings false at every turn.
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20

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
This misty-eyed Southern nostalgia piece, in treading the line between sappy and sanguine, winds up mired in tear-drenched quicksand.
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32 out of 100
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