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  • Starring: , ,
  • Summary: Following the mother-daughter relationship of Aurora Greenway (MacLaine) who doesn't like it when her daughter Emma (Winger) marries Flap (Daniels).
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 100
    This is a wonderful film. There isn't a thing that I would change.
  2. Terms of Endearment is the rare commercial picture that sets audiences to laughing hysterically and crying unashamedly, sometimes within consecutive seconds, and then shoos them out of the theatre in contented emotional exhaustion. [23 Nov 1983]
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    It rates a resounding yes because it doesn't insult our emotional intelligence. [23 Nov 1983]
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Teaming of Shirley MacLaine and Jack Nicholson at their best makes Terms of Endearment an enormously enjoyable offering for Christmas, adding bite and sparkle when sentiment and seamlessness threatens to sink other parts of the picture.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    James L. Brooks's clever and witty cry-a-long which has as many guys pretending not to cry, as women unashamedly sobbing.
  6. Terms of Endearment is a funny, touching, beautifully acted film that covers more territory than it can easily manage.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Aug 16, 2013
    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. Expand
  2. Nov 30, 2012
    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. Collapse
  3. Aug 4, 2014
    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. Expand
  4. Aug 27, 2014
    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. Expand
  5. Nov 14, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Bottom Line: Fairly decent, but donâ Expand