The Rising Place
The Rising Place (2002)

A woman learns a valuable lesson about her family as she and her aunt look back at her troubled past in this independent drama. As Virginia Wilder (Frances Fisher) visits her elderly Aunt Millie (Alice Drummond) for the Christmas holidays,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 1, 2002
DVD Release Date: October 28, 2003
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Jan Stuart

It is one more celluloid testimonial to the cruelties experienced by Southern blacks as distilled through a Caucasian perspective.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

This misty-eyed Southern nostalgia piece, in treading the line between sappy and sanguine, winds up mired in tear-drenched quicksand.

Edward Havens

A solid cast, assured direction and complete lack of modern day irony.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Looks awfully like one long tourist spot for a Mississippi that may never have existed outside of a scriptwriter's imagination.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Rice is too pedestrian a filmmaker to bring any edge or personality to The Rising Place that would set it apart from other Deep South stories.

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Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News

Rice never clearly defines his characters or gives us a reason to care about them.

Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

A not-so-Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood with a hefty helping of Re-Fried Green Tomatoes.

Nat Johnson
Village Voice

Yet another weepy Southern bore-athon.

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E! Staff
E! Online

Never rises above its own unleavened blandness.

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