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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
  1. BarbaraD.
    Aug 30, 2006
    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
    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
    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 chick flick. I have yet to meet a girl who liked the movie. Expand

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