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  1. Positive: 8 out of 23
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  1. This is escapism, pure and simple. And few know the power of such purity better than Terry McMillan.
  2. Stella may be frothy and paper-thin, but it's also another great success for star Angela Bassett, who transforms the film into an infomercial for her considerable abilities.
  3. The filmmakers go to obvious pains to add a bit of nutritive value to their sweet, frothy confection.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The movie, adapted by Terry McMillan from her semi-autobiographical novel, is pointedly boundary-breaking in its positive portrayal of a May-September relationship between a younger man and an older woman.
  7. 70
    Rarely have we seen black love be this sensual.
  8. 63
    How Stella Got Her Groove Back tries its best to turn a paperback romance into a relationship worth making a movie about, but fails.

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  1. Nov 12, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link 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. Full Review »