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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 motherA 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. Reviewed by: Renee Graham
    75
    There's death, domestic violence, alcoholism, racism, attempted suicide, and a mental breakdown. Naturally, it's a comedy about the eccentricities of Southern women.
  3. Women deserve better women's pictures -- men too.
  4. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    50
    The movie doesn't have any undercurrents, psychological or cinematic. -- The Blessed Mother ends up looking like a drunken housewife.
  5. The magnolias in Callie Khouri's fried green movie look limp.
  6. Divine cast keeps 'Ya-Ya Sisterhood' from falling flat
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    20
    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
  1. BarbaraD.
    Aug 30, 2006
    10
    I guess you have to be older-sexier and more appreciative of women to fully understand and appreciate the ironys of this movie. It truly is a I guess you have to be older-sexier and more appreciative of women to fully understand and appreciate the ironys of this movie. It truly is a sisterhood in the end! Expand
  2. JamesH.
    Jan 15, 2010
    6
    I'll watch most anything with Ellen Burstyn and she doesn't disappoint in this film, she is terrific. Although it is not a great I'll watch most anything with Ellen Burstyn and she doesn't disappoint in this film, she is terrific. Although it is not a great film, it does have enough good acting and a few memorable moments to give it a look. It's an appealing story with richly developed characters. Expand
  3. AninoWatcher
    Sep 18, 2002
    0
    Simply put: worst movie i've watched in a long long time. Can you spell B-O-R-I-N-G??? And don't give me crap bout it being a chickSimply put: worst movie i've watched in a long long time. Can you spell B-O-R-I-N-G??? And don't give me crap bout it being a chick flick. I have yet to meet a girl who liked the movie. Expand

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