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  • Summary: A classic Southern tale of hilarity set in a sleepy Louisiana parish, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood follows a group of lifelong friends who stage a rather unorthodox intervention to help a young playwright (Bullock) unravel the truth about her complicated, eccentric mother (Burstyn), find forgiveness and acceptance, and let go of her painful past. (Warner Bros.) Expand
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 35
  2. Negative: 6 out of 35
  1. 80
    Khouri manages, with terrific flair, to keep the extremes of screwball farce and blood-curdling family intensity on one continuum -- not only through the strength of the performances (including one from James Garner, who, as Sida's dad, gets the best one-liners) but in the ways they match across time.
  2. Even though she's (Khouri) determined to give us feel-good entertainment, she's not at all afraid to let the darker moments be very dark indeed.
  3. Less successful in exploring the long-term effects of mental breakdown than in dispensing short-term comic pick-me-ups, Ya-Ya wrings abundant laughter and tears.
  4. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    The tart, often jauntily profane dialogue and sharp interactions of the present-day relationships give Divine Secrets its occasional zip; when Khouri takes us back in time, especially to the Ya-Yas' early childhood, the movie flags.
  5. 50
    Suffers from an excess of material crammed into too little screen time. There's so much story that the characters get short shrift; you have to wonder, for example, what became of Siddalee's three siblings.
  6. 50
    During one or two comic set-pieces, you can see the appeal that the Ya-Yas hold for readers. But you can also sense, farther in the distance, the more vital film that might have been.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    This is potentially near tragic material, and playing it as an all-forgiving comedy is a waste of everyone's time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 7 out of 20