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  • Summary: The fresh, funny, touching and unbelievably true story of writer Beverly D'Onofrio (played by Barrymore, who ages from 15 to 35 in the role) and her often irreverent, always unique personal journey. (Columbia Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 31
  2. Negative: 8 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    As a flawed but lovably lionhearted woman, Barrymore triumphantly comes of age as an actress.
  2. What emerges is a funny and sometimes aching movie that treads familiar dysfunctional family turf but still manages to eke out an emotionally toned balance.
  3. It's the kind of film -- like Diane Keaton's "Hanging Up" -- that even as it dissolves narratively, still makes you dissolve emotionally.
  4. An article of faith for girls who just wanna have fun; only problem is that the movie doesn't go all the way.
  5. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    Added bonuses: A nice selection of oldies on the soundtrack, and an amusing third-act cameo by Rosie Perez as Ray's second wife.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    The result under Penny Marshall's direction is a film with genuinely serious intentions that falls considerably short of its intentions.
  7. An overlong compendium of Oprah moments meant to move and inspire, even if, by the end, it's too exhausted with itself to offer up a single authentic tear or revelation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. EmilyH.
    May 25, 2007
    Boring at times but one of my favourite movies for it's acting. A great piece by Drew Barrymore and truly shows how she works in both a comedic and serious role. Expand
  2. Aug 28, 2014
    Riding in Cars with Boys is dark. Much darker than you'd think with Drew Barrymore leading a film about a single-Mother. The harsh realities of life and Motherhood are addressed, and we are impressed with Ms. Barrymore. But it's Steve Zahn who breaks our hearts. Expand

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