We gave it an A-
Adored by critics and all but ignored in theaters, A Map of the World, based on the novel by Oprah favorite Jane Hamilton, offers a rare treat: a Hollywood ”woman’s picture” that’s not a manipulative tearjerker. Sigourney Weaver is remote but likable as Alice, a nonconformist farm wife/school nurse whose messy but manageable life shatters after her best friend’s child accidentally drowns while in her care.
During the tragedy’s aftermath, including a harrowing trial on molestation charges brought by a student, incarceration, and a tentative rapprochement with her grieving friend (a nicely contained Julianne Moore), Alice’s unwavering sense of personal accountability makes for a complex, often frustrating character — and for a refreshingly adult movie. A-