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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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  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
    For once, with How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Hollywood offers a love story that concentrates on the simple nuances of the romance rather than smothering us in an overly- melodramatic narrative featuring old boyfriends, jealousy, and hard-to-swallow misunderstandings.
  4. Reviewed by: Sarah Kerr
    60
    This is Harlequin Romance land, and the film squeaks by as long as it's content to watch its lovers throwing off sparks.
  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. The movie meanders on and on, like a bad sexual dream, until you finally wake up mumbling: Stella, please: leave that groove thang alone.
  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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