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Based on the best-selling Stephen King novel. This coming-of-age story, set during the Vietnam war, centers around a brilliant but fatherless boy and his mother, whose lives are forever changed by a mysterious man, Academy Award-winner Anthony Hopkins ("Bad Company," "Hannibal") who enlists the aid of the young boy to save his life. Also starring David Morse ("Bait," "Proof of Life"), Anton Yelchin ("Along Came a Spider," "15 Minutes") and Hope Davis ("Arlington Road," "Joe Gould's Secret").
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 135
- Fresh: 67
- Rotten: 68
- Average Rating: 5.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Hicks ... coats the film in a bogus idyllic mist that substitutes cheap sentiment for blunt truth.
Fresh: The unblinking sympathy for kids struggling with evil and with the strange frequencies of prepubescent passion can, if your defenses are down, lay you out.
Rotten: Unabashedly sentimental, it's meant to touch our hearts in profound and important ways, but misses the mark by drawing too deeply from a pool of schmaltz.
Fresh: A sweet coming-of-age story set in the summer of 1960, akin in mood to [King's] Stand by Me.
Worst Adaptation, Ever
I am a huge King fan, and Hearts in Atlantis is one of my most favorite novels by America's greatest novelist. Haveing said this, this is one of the worst adaptations of a Stephen King novel. If i hadnn't read the book first I might have liked it more. I wish the screenplay writer and the director had tried harder to be faithful.
Now for a book to movie transfer it's alright. I would watch rent or do what ever you would like to do. This movie is fast paced and full of drama and excitement. please give this a chance and give the book a chance.
amazing and bittersweet
I first saw this as a child. In fact the actor Aton Yelchin and I are around the same age. I didn't understand the significances of moments in our childhood that would follow us into our adulthood and how we treasure those moments. There's a point where the narrator is a middle age man and he says,"When we're children a day can last forever. When we become adults years can pass in a blink of an eye." It's very touching and makes me think of my own childhood. it's a lovely and bittersweet film with a great story and excellent cast. A must see!
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2001
- © 2001 Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.