Where the Heart Is Synopsis
A pregnant teen (Natalie Portman) is abandoned at an Oklahoma Wal-Mart.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Never really feels right.
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63

Miami Herald

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Everything that cynical moviegoers despise and the tender-minded adore.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
So heavy on incident, contrivance, coincidence, improbability, sudden reversals and dizzying flash-forwards (sometimes years at a time) that...
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50

New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
Hard-core chick shlock, weakened by odd shifts in tone and a slack pace, but elevated by a luminous performance by Natalie Portman.
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50

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Never earns the rollicking life affirmation it's after.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Ultimately, it's more an emotional hodgepodge than a compassionate look at real human problems.
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38

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
The Wal-Mart of cinematic soap operas. One-stop shopping for your emotional movie needs.
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38

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Sloshes between comedy and drama, never quite hitting stride as either.
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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Simply put, it may be the lamest movie ever made about poor white... Southern characters.
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22

Mr. Showbiz

By Michael Atkinson
A swamp of clichés, contrivances, and cheap ham-and-cheese hero sentimentality.
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Great movie

By redyeah
The things Portman's character goes through are so immense, you can't help but love her. Not only is she relateable, but the entire set of characters are just as believeable and understandable. There...

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Rated PG-13 | For thematic elements, sexual content and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 13 & under A chick flick that's as yummy as eating bon-bons.
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