Riding in Cars with Boys

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43

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 31
  2. Negative: 8 out of 31
  1. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    As a flawed but lovably lionhearted woman, Barrymore triumphantly comes of age as an actress.
  2. It's the kind of film -- like Diane Keaton's "Hanging Up" -- that even as it dissolves narratively, still makes you dissolve emotionally.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    It's Barrymore's most ambitious role to date. She proves she is maturing as an actress.
  4. 50
    It's a bitter story played for humor, in which a callous character is never quite allowed to see herself as such.
  5. 40
    In many ways, Marshall and Barrymore are an equal match -- while both have a flair for the small touches that build a good comic scene, each lacks the complex layering of motive and emotion that make a human life believably real.
  6. Added bonuses: A nice selection of oldies on the soundtrack, and an amusing third-act cameo by Rosie Perez as Ray's second wife.
  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: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. EmilyH.
    May 25, 2007
    9
    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 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. Collapse
  2. Aug 28, 2014
    6
    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 realitiesRiding 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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