Metascore
30

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 28
  2. Negative: 15 out of 28
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  1. Hard-core chick shlock, weakened by odd shifts in tone and a slack pace, but elevated by a luminous performance by Natalie Portman.
  2. Ultimately, it's more an emotional hodgepodge than a compassionate look at real human problems.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    Never earns the rollicking life affirmation it's after.
  4. A top-notch cast compensates for dubious credibility.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    40
    Serves up the usual homilies, but it lacks the quirky density and cinematic snap.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 40
    No-Good Men, Foolish Choices and Birth on the Floor of a Wal-Mart.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 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 greatThis 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 »