How to Make an American Quilt
How to Make an American Quilt (1995)

In this tender film, a group of women instruct a nervous bride with lessons from their own lives. Finn Dodd has returned to her hometown to escape her wedding preparations and write her thesis. While her friends and relations patiently… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 6, 1995
DVD Release Date: February 23, 1999
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: How to Make an American Quilt is a bit of a patchwork from a storytelling standpoint, but a strong ensemble cast led by Winona Ryder helps hold it all together.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

It has its effective moments but it tends to indicate emotions more than deliver them, and is finally more conventional and unadventurous than its elements would lead you to believe.

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Caryn James
New York Times

This exceptional film takes the makings of a limp "women's weeper" and as if by magic, spins them into gold.

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Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

[Director Jocelyn Moore] achieves a sturdy look, even in the flashback scenes, that gives weight and substance to the memories we see enacted.

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Leonard Klady

Dramatically, more ultimately proves less, and the jumble feels like it should have been torn apart and rethreaded with stronger material.

Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

Flat out, "How to Make an American Quilt" is a wonderful movie -- soulful, funny, eccentric and filled with a love of female humanity.

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Wendy Shreve
Featuring Film

How to Make An American Quilt will have sentimental viewers reaching for the tissue box; cynical watchers nodding their heads with recognition.

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Karen McCluskey
Time Out

Ryder, as gamine as ever, delivers her most credible performance to date, while the luminous Simmons and imposing Angelou infuse the film with grace and understated charm.

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USA Today

Despite its hard-sell coming attraction and pot-smoking granny singing rock oldies, How to Make an American Quilt turns out to be a wealth of old-style Hollywood magic.

Jo Berry
Radio Times

Some of the episodic tales work better than others, but all are interesting and there are splendid characterisations from both young and more senior members of the cast.

Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
I watched this years ago and can remember being quite disappointed with it. Enough time has now gone by that I felt like a re-watch. Has it improved with age?… More
xGary Xx
A sewing circle muses about life and love. Now THAT's what I call entertainment...
Candy Rose
Winona visits her grandmonther and joins her sewing circle and learns about their relationships. Touching movie.
Leigh Ryan
It wasn't too bad.
jay nixon
great actresses but it misses being being great by being too diffuse and ends up unsatisfying
John Ballantine
Oh Lord. Overly sentimental rubbish. Please keep me away from films like this.