Metascore
30

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 28
  2. Negative: 15 out of 28
  1. 67
    Had Williams chopped away more pointedly at the rambling script, he might've had something memorable.
  2. In no way is this a serious movie. Still, it's hard to resist.
  3. 63
    So heavy on incident, contrivance, coincidence, improbability, sudden reversals and dizzying flash-forwards (sometimes years at a time) that it seems a wonder the characters don't crash into each other in the confusion.
  4. Reviewed by: Phoebe Flowers
    63
    Everything that cynical moviegoers despise and the tender-minded adore.
  5. Ultimately, it's more an emotional hodgepodge than a compassionate look at real human problems.
  6. Hard-core chick shlock, weakened by odd shifts in tone and a slack pace, but elevated by a luminous performance by Natalie Portman.
  7. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    Never earns the rollicking life affirmation it's after.
  8. A top-notch cast compensates for dubious credibility.
  9. 40
    Although its lushness and penchant for melodrama are the cinematic equivalent of Billy Sherrill's syrupy string arrangements for George Jones, Tammy Wynette and Charlie Rich circa 1973, the movie deftly manages to remain sweet without becoming saccharine.
  10. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    40
    Serves up the usual homilies, but it lacks the quirky density and cinematic snap.
  11. 40
    No-Good Men, Foolish Choices and Birth on the Floor of a Wal-Mart.
  12. Reviewed by: Sarah Raskin
    40
    Worthwhile performances (including cameos from Joan Cusack and Sally Field) and one-liners, but don't leave your home looking for Heart.
  13. Sloshes between comedy and drama, never quite hitting stride as either.
  14. 38
    The Wal-Mart of cinematic soap operas. One-stop shopping for your emotional movie needs.
  15. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    30
    To be fair, this could have been worse.
  16. 30
    Home may be where the heart is, but I kept wishing this poor silly girl would up and move.
  17. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    30
    Recycled "Steel Magnolias."
  18. A particularly egregious array of Kodak moments.
  19. Simply put, it may be the lamest movie ever made about poor white... Southern characters.
  20. 22
    A swamp of clichés, contrivances, and cheap ham-and-cheese hero sentimentality.
  21. 20
    Portman and Judd aren't responsible for the mendacious and finally repulsive sentimentality of Where the Heart Is, but by the end their wholesome glow seemed contaminated by it, and that's a shame.
  22. Reviewed by: Ann-Rebecca Laschever
    20
    Unfortunately, the strong ensemble cast is not able to hold together this often wayward and meandering story.
  23. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    20
    Banal and trite where it could have been insightful and emotionally truthful, this Fox release is also notable for featuring the first disappointing performance by teen star Natalie Portman.
  24. Moving in fits and starts, mawkish in its sincerity, and at times disjointed in its lumpy structure.
  25. 10
    Indulges something of a number obsession, amounting not exactly to a movie but rather a tallying of atrocities.
  26. In comparison to Where the Heart Is, the Wal-Mart commercials seem like cinema verite.
  27. Tries to put your tear ducts in a headlock with a litany of catastrophes.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Sep 5, 2010
    10
    This is one of Natalie Portman's best movies. However,it is a little silly. But I still highly recommend you see it. The soundtrack is great too. Don't miss it. Full Review »