User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22

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  1. Nov 30, 2012
    9
    This is such a fine piece of art. The dialogue and the relationship between the characters is so special. Such a warm hearted and incredibly funny entertaining movie at times. It is a roller coaster ride of emotions. The acting is about as good as acting can get. Terrific performances.
  2. Nov 14, 2011
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Bottom Line: Fairly decent, but donâ Expand
  3. Aug 27, 2014
    8
    What you'll find in Terms of Endearment are some of the most meaningful relationships you'll ever find on film. MacLaine and Nicholson are at their very best.
  4. Aug 16, 2013
    10
    It's beautiful. It's real. A kind of situation that happens all the time with many people. Shirley and Debra are perfect together. Nicholson is brilliant as usual. Anyway, a beautiful story with the perfect soundtrack.
  5. Aug 4, 2014
    8
    This movie won multiple academy awards and nominations. This movie is moving, funny, sad, heart warming, and critically acclaimed. Shirley McClain gives a great performance and so do the others (Jack Nicholson, Debra Winger, Jeff Daniels), it also has great writing and a great story.
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 40
    The dual-track plot, with constant cutting between mother and daughter, seems less an attempt to establish meaningful parallels between the two stories than the nervous twitches of a compulsive channel changer.
  2. 100
    This is a wonderful film. There isn't a thing that I would change.
  3. There's not enough substance to support the sentiment of this longish comedy-drama.