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  • Summary: The story of a woman who must break the rules of love and her own way of thinking to find her heart.  (Fox)
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 23
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  1. Reviewed by: David Ehrenstein
    80
    This is escapism, pure and simple. And few know the power of such purity better than Terry McMillan.
  2. The filmmakers go to obvious pains to add a bit of nutritive value to their sweet, frothy confection.
  3. 75
    Whether you regard Stella's getting her groove back as a feminist battle cry or as a silly wish-fulfillment fantasy, the movie delivers guilt-free escapism about pretty people having wicked-hot fun in pretty places.
  4. 60
    Director Kevin Rodney Sullivan, a television veteran making his feature film debut, has fluffed up this undemanding material much as one would a pillow. But pillows have their place and so do girlfriend movies.
  5. I'm not denying that a 40-year- old woman might be self-conscious about going around with someone this young. But the subject isn't interesting or provocative enough to sustain an entire movie.
  6. 50
    All the comedy, tragedy, and various obstacles to romance seem to have been contrived to divert the story from its tendency toward pulp erotica.
  7. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    40
    Like "Waiting to Exhale" except more so, film jerks from scene to scene with little sense of rhythm, continuity or dramatic shaping.

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  1. Nov 12, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. When I think about movie(Stella got her groove back) like this one. It is always more going on than what we notice. From a critical cultural perspective. I see that the world is changing hands woman are becoming empowered, and making the most out of the declining economic times, while a lot of men has decided to play piggy back...I could say so many thing write now but I will leave it at that. Expand

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