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Based on 9 Reviews
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  • 50
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

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

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    This low-key drama is always warm and mellow, although it doesn't build much of an emotional charge. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    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. show more

  • 40
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    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clumsy plotting and a rosily myopic view of life in the WWII-era Mississippi Delta undermine this adaptation of an unpublished novel by David Armstrong. show more

  • 40
    Village Voice

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

  • 40
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    Deeply felt but flat and unimaginative. show more

  • 30
    Mark Olsen L.A. Weekly

    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. show more

  • 30
    Scott Foundas Variety

    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. show more

  • 20
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    This misty-eyed Southern nostalgia piece, in treading the line between sappy and sanguine, winds up mired in tear-drenched quicksand. show more

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