Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Genuine and moving... Script is remarkably mature in its dealings with teens.
  2. 88
    The characters are allowed to be smart, to react in unexpected ways, and to be more concerned with doing the right thing than with doing the expedient or even the lustful thing.
  3. Inoffensive in its simplicity; its high, if naive, spirits send viewers out into the all too real streets clothed in the glow of a fantasy well-spun.
  4. Though in essence this is little more than a girls' romance novel brought to life, it has been filled with heart and humor. The place, the people and even the largely predictable situations in which they find themselves are presented in an entirely winning way. [21 Oct 1988]
  5. 50
    It's meant to be open, heartwarming and real, but beneath its often attractively performed surface, the clichés are grinding as heavily as in any ''Rambo'' picture [21 Oct 1988]
  6. A pleasant enough "Crimes of the Heart" rip-off about three young women bumbling, stumbling and fumbling through life, looking for answers, smiling through tears, blah, blah, blah. [21 Oct 1988]
  7. Reviewed by: Staff (Non Credited)
    A feel-good movie with a gentle melancholic undercurrent.
  8. Beyond some well-observed sibling interaction, the mutual effort of four writers is mutually uninspired. Whoever wrote the episodes between hot-to-trot Jojo (Taylor) and her balky boyfriend Bill (D'Onofrio) should be ashamed. [21 Oct 1988]
  9. Reviewed by: Hal Hinson
    The conflicts are, at best, formulaic. (Tim is married, but unhappy; Charlie is from a different class.) And the filmmakers provide nothing to rescue us from the cliché’s… You get the general sense that the are better than their material [22 Oct 1988]
  10. In all, it's “Diner,'' female style. Directed by Donald Petrie from a blatantly manipulative screenplay that took four people to cook up. [24 Oct 1988]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Aug 13, 2010
    Took one of my first "real" dates to this movie. (Took all my "fake" dates to horror flicks.) But seriously, this was a very good movie for its time. Julia Roberts was far from the best actor in this film. Lilly Taylor and Anabeth Gish are terrific, and Vincent D'Nofrio is solid. Full Review »