Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 29
  2. Negative: 18 out of 29
  1. The American public likes nothing better than a tragedy with a happy ending, William Dean Howells observed. But Marshall so cautiously downplays the tragic elements of his plot that the sweetness and light left a sour taste in my mouth.
  2. Hector Elizondo, who has appeared in all 15 of Marshall's features, turns up as a Basque rancher and adds a bit of sparkle. I just wish Marshall's good luck charm was not a 70-year-old actor but a fresh, honest screenplay.
  3. A clunky family-therapy soaper.
  4. In the acting contest that ensues, each star comes off reasonably well, though, surprisingly, Lohan (who had well-publicized emotional problems on the set) wins out over Huffman's comic drunk and Fonda's leathery evocation of her father, Henry, in "On Golden Pond."
  5. Maybe Georgia Rule should be required viewing for Paris Hilton during her term in the slammer. But not for us.
  6. 50
    It's an interesting, maddening mess -- not a terrible movie, and by no means a dull one.
  7. There's enough family dysfunction here to fill out a dozen soppy soap operas.
  8. Reviewed by: Michael Ferraro
    Georgia Rule isn’t serious enough for a drama and not funny enough for a comedy.
  9. Never rings true. It's a dramedy whose blend of melodrama and humor is awkward and incongruous, leaping between the two modes like a fat frog jumping lilypads.
  10. 40
    [Georgia Rule] is clearly intended to be an uplifting multigenerational drama about abuse, healing and forgiveness. Yet there's something unsavory about the way it uses a character's emotional and psychological scars as a gimmick.
  11. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    There's almost no rescuing this wobbly movie from its showdowns and insights. Except, that is, when Lohan's around.
  12. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Spin it however they like, the troubled but talented Lohan isn't what's wrong with this misbegotten mess.
  13. Proves to be more prone to malfunction than dysfunction.
  14. Reviewed by: Lael Loewenstein
    Georgia Rule oscillates clumsily from shock to slapstick to schmaltz. The result of these big tonal swings is a cinematic strikeout.
  15. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    No offense to either of them, but Georgia Rule suggests an Ingmar Bergman script as directed by Jerry Lewis. The subject matter is grim, the relationships are gnarled, the worldview is bleak, and, at any given moment, you suspect someone's going to be hit with a pie.
  16. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Another flabby big-screen sitcom from "Happy Days" creator Garry Marshall.
  17. 25
    Georgia Rule is so artificial, it feels like more of a flow chart than a slice of life.
  18. Misguided at best and repellent at worst, the movie has, ironically enough, a single asset: Lohan's performance as a rebellious, uncontrollable teen.
  19. The film is intended to be light and whimsical, but with a core of sincere emotion. But it's as if the thing were made by Martian anthropologists who assume that human audiences are as twisted as the people onscreen.
  20. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    It tries to pass itself off as a film about feistiness, forgiveness and the bonds of motherhood. Instead, it deals lightly and inappropriately with promiscuity, alcoholism, drug abuse, grief and child molestation. Georgia Rule doesn't make you feel good; it makes you queasy.
  21. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    And so it goes, leaving an awful taste and the inevitable question: Jane Fonda made a comeback to do dreck like this and "Monster-in-Law?"
  22. Fonda, playing grandmother to this clan of narcissists, is the only one who keeps her dignity. She's funny and low-key and deserves better comeback material than this and "Monster-in-Law." The other two actresses are humiliated.
  23. 25
    Garry Marshall has too much confidence that he can match the weighty issues here with the light comedy. He can't. Or at least he can't with this cast.
  24. 16
    Jane Fonda does an about-face on her persona and her talent, playing a teetotaler and, what's worse, a pious bore.
  25. 12
    WARNING: Do not take your mom to Georgia Rule unless she's Roseanne Barr. You may expect a three-generational chick flick, but what you get is a child-rape comedy.
  26. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    For proof that some actresses can take on a misconceived role and get out alive, there's Huffman as Lilly.
  27. Just what we need least: a warm family comedy about child molestation.That's Georgia Rule, which combines battleship actresses of the "Steel Magnolias" variety, fall-down-go-boom comedy that was obsolete in the '30s, Lindsay Lohan's cleavage and intergenerational fondling just for kicks.
  28. Director Marshall ( Pretty Woman) has created a comic drama so confused in tone, the actors often seem to be acting in different movies.
  29. Certain words should be reserved for special occasions. "Abysmal" is one of them, and Georgia Rule is as special as such occasions get.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 10 out of 20
  1. Oct 15, 2010
    This one freaked me out. Especially Lindsay Lohan trying to show her stuff... ew. There were a lot of weird moments, and I don't know why I even sat through the whole thing. Full Review »
  2. GeorgeB.
    May 27, 2007
    How could so much fine acting talent be lured into this very junior version of a bad Off-Off-Broadway play? Step onstage from another room, say something, turn around and return off-stage. Adding Hull Idaho added nothing - sorry but its mountain and lake beauty was overwhelmed by this bad production. Looking for a place to go if you don't have air conditioning - think of any other movie first. Full Review »
  3. Ashleigh
    May 20, 2007
    Awful Awful Awful. Even Jane Fonda's performance (which I thought was good) could make me give this anything but a zero. Maybe I disliked it so much because I feel it was horribly mis-marketed. Full Review »