Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Godfrey Cheshire
    90
    The pic is a quality item earmarked for serious auds by its nonexploitative handling of potent material, the strong work of debuting helmer Anjelica Huston and striking perfs from young newcomer Jena Malone, Jennifer Jason Leigh and others.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    88
    Unforgettably, Bastard out of Carolina makes a bold statement about a little girl's grace under inordinate pressure.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    88
    Huston's movie seems to disappoint some who've read the novel, but the forlorn humanity that triumphs over the depravity and poverty is unforgettably affecting. [13 Dec 1996, p.1D]

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