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  • Summary: Set in the Mississippi Delta in the 1940's, The Rising Place is a delicate look at a young woman's passionate quest for self awareness and acceptance in a time of social injustice and world war. (Flatland Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. This low-key drama is always warm and mellow, although it doesn't build much of an emotional charge.
  2. 50
    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.
  3. As earnest as its artless young characters, Tom Rice's intermittently affecting debut walks a well-trod path without finding anything very new.
  4. Deeply felt but flat and unimaginative.
  5. Reviewed by: Nat Johnson
    40
    Broadway dreamgirl Jennifer Holliday's musical interludes occasionally relieve this mélange of recycled social morality lessons.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    30
    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.
  7. This misty-eyed Southern nostalgia piece, in treading the line between sappy and sanguine, winds up mired in tear-drenched quicksand.

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