Places in the Heart

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Inspiring, intense tale about hardship, bigotry, redemption.

PG 1984 111 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 18+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 14+

Great Movie heartfelt and period piece

This movie had overwhelming positive message. It show that piece ones out in the end over violence and hatred. There is a fair amount of use of the N-word but I think that's because of the time period of when the film was. There was also a lot of violence as I'm sure there was in that setting in time period. Aside the language this could be a good family movie especially with a family older children

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 13+

Outstanding movie

On a whim, I saw this in the theater when it came out. What an incredibly pleasant surprise! Through well-wrought characters and riveting plot, it shows the value of persevering in the face of adversity, and accepting others different from yourself. The scenes with racial tension and violence can be intense.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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