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Bobby Garfield returns to his hometown to attend the funeral of one of his best friends from childhood. During his trip home, Bobby can't help but visit the old house where he grew up, which is now a ruin. And through the window that used to look toward the house of Carol Gerber, his childhood sweetheart, he looks back into the past ... to the last summer of his childhood.
PROFANITY: Only a few mild profanities. SEX/NUDITY: None VIOLENCE: Very mild. A couple of fights between kids. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some social drinking. ACTION: None COMEDY: Only a few mildly funny moments.
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Review Good "..don't underestimate the appeal of a heart-tugger that's this
well mounted. It's clear that many involved were trying to make a movie that
might touch someone.''
Review Good "Hearts in Atlantis'' has moments of feeling (the young actors
are vivid and spontaneous), but I'd like it better if it weren't bogged down in
Stephen King's heavy-handed insistence that the Eisenhower years were the
Ur-moment, when ''purity'' was endangered but shining.''
James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Above Average "Hearts in Atlantis is a disappointment.
Slow-paced and unevenly scripted (highly unusual for veteran screenwriter
William Goldman), the movie leaves us wondering whether we were supposed to care
about any of the characters, and, if so, why.''
Review Very Good "H earts in Atlantis" weaves a strange spell, made of
nostalgia and fear. Rarely does a movie make you feel so warm and so uneasy at
the same time, as Stephen King's story evokes the mystery of adolescence, when
everything seems to be happening for the very first time.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Generally, adults enjoyed this movie, but not that many loved it. From the negative opinions it appears some didn't quite understand the story and others thought it was too slow. There were very few opinions below "Fair," so I'm confident you will enjoy this movie and I recommend it, but just keep in mind the type of movie it is, slow drama.
Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
This slow paced, nostalgic drama is well acted and directed, but it lacks the drama of other Stephen King films such as "The Green Mile" or "Misery." I found it to be slow with few surprises or thrills. Fortunately you don't have to rely on my opinion since we were able to collect 101 moviegoer opinions at an advance screening. SEE ABOVE
For middle-aged photographer Bobby Garfield (DAVID MORSE), the past comes kicking the door down one day when the death of a childhood friend beckons him back to the town of his upbringing, and the memory of his
11th summer in 1960.
It's a summer of friendship shared with his closest pals, Carol (MIKA BOOREM) and Sully (WILL ROTHHAAR), and marked by the arrival of a new lodger, Ted Brautigan (ANTHONY HOPKINS) in the upstairs apartment of the boarding house where Bobby lives with his self-obsessed mother, Liz (HOPE DAVIS).
Bobby's memory of his long-dead father is clouded by his mother's bitterness, but Ted fills the gap, offering him adult friendship and attention, and helping to open the boy's eyes to a bigger world.
But Ted brings with him too a haunted past, and strange powers which both puzzle and alarm Bobby. When he offers Bobby a job, it's more than simply reading the paper to save the old man's failing eyes — Ted enlists the boy to help him avoid a powerful danger that's pursuing him.
As the last summer of Bobby's childhood draws to a close, Ted gives him a new understanding of his father, and the possibilities of life and love, before events overtake them all. Ted's pursuers close
in, forcing Bobby to find depths of courage and forgiveness he never imagined.
And for the adult Bobby, revisiting his childhood home and the memories of a summer long gone, a chance encounter completes the circle of his journey back in time.