Director Adriana Trigiani, adapting her best-selling novel, delivers the hackneyed material with good cheer, eliciting bright performances from an [excellent] ensemble cast.
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, 2015-10-08
The warmth of spirit behind this project allows its missteps to be mostly forgiven.
Jen Chaney, Washington Post, 2015-10-08
By the time we get to the final, borderline ludicrous moments in Big Stone Gap, I wasn't even surprised by the overwhelming sappiness of it all.
Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times, 2015-10-14
That the creaky romantic comedy "Big Stone Gap" attracted such a large ensemble of talented name actors only makes this country-fried turkey feel like an even more notable miss.
Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 2015-10-08
It's tempting to say "Big Stone Gap" is greeting-card pretty and sweet, but that doesn't quite fit because these days greeting cards seem to have developed a bit of an edge. "Big Stone Gap" is edge-free.
Soren Anderson, Seattle Times, 2015-10-08
The plot itself has little momentum, and what should feel dramatic instead feels inert.
Molly Eichel, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2015-10-08
Nothing feels believable in "Big Stone Gap," a bungled, charm-free look at small-town life in the South in the late '70s.
Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic, 2015-10-08
Apparently too close to the story to recognize how ill suited she was to translating its charms to the screen, Trigiani has emerged with nothing but corny, stilted Americana, like something Garrison Keillor might burp out on a really off day.
A.A. Dowd, AV Club, 2015-10-08
Good nature counts for something, but it's all so comfy you may fall asleep.
Kyle Smith, New York Post, 2015-10-07