Hearts in Atlantis

Hearts in Atlantis
Hearts in Atlantis
  • PG-13
  • 1h 41m
  • 2001
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When Bobby Garfield (David Morse--The Green Mile) returns to his hometown for the funeral of a boyhood friend, he recalls the magical summer of 1960... That summer a lodger (Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins--Nixon, Shadowlands) moves into eleven-year-old Bobby's house. A special bond grows between the mysterious, kindhearted lodger and the fatherless boy. But the lodger comes with a haunted past ... and strange powers that puzzle and alarm the impressionable boy. And in the few short weeks the lodger stays in his house, the way Bobby sees the world changes forever.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten49%
Critics Consensus: Hearts in Atlantis is well-acted and beautiful to look at, but the movie is nothing more than a mood piece.
Reviews
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers
Rotten

Hicks ... coats the film in a bogus idyllic mist that substitutes cheap sentiment for blunt truth.

June 16, 2017
Village Voice
Michael Atkinson
Fresh

The unblinking sympathy for kids struggling with evil and with the strange frequencies of prepubes...

June 16, 2017
Washington Post
Michael O'Sullivan
Fresh

Hicks's film is magical, but its magic comes not from the inexplicable phenomena we most commonly...

June 16, 2017
Washington Post
Rita Kempley
Fresh

A precious respite from the postmodern era and all that it entails.

June 16, 2017
Seattle Times
Moira MacDonald
Rotten

Much of Hearts feels a little empty, a little unmotivated.

June 16, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Above-average coming-of-age story.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some strong language, characters are in peril and some are injured, and a character is raped (inexplicit and mostly offscreen). A character is wrongfully accused of molesting a child. A bully who accuses others of being "queer" turns out to be acting on his fears about his own sexuality. Fighting back is portrayed as heroic. There are a couple of chaste kisses.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:September 28, 2001
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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