Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 33
  2. Negative: 7 out of 33
  1. 80
    Sarandon's motherly sexiness is appealing, but it's Hawn, in a warm and deep performance as the hapless but free-spirited Suzette, who walks away with the movie.
  2. 80
    A highly entertaining and refreshingly nonjudgmental movie
  3. 75
    A lot of fun, with an undeniable energy sparked by two actresses in their 50s working at the peak of their powers. Juicy roles for older women? Let the revolution begin.
  4. 75
    Pretty thin, but you grin while you're watching it.
  5. Some numbers: Hawn and Sarandon (both 56) are arguably the first women in American popular culture to be pushing 60 and sexy. Hard to believe, but when Joan Crawford and Bette Davis were comparable ages (59 and 54), they were the frightening gargoyles of "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?"
  6. What The Banger Sisters offers in place of an eloquent statement is the charm of two actresses at the top of their game in flashy roles and a smart script that's decidedly more coarse than sentimental.
  7. Forget the awful trailer that makes the movie look like chalk screeching on a blackboard. The Banger Sisters is sheer fun, and a great showcase for Hawn.
  8. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    70
    Adult fans of good thesping in the service of a lightweight but thoroughly entertaining story should bask in the antics.
  9. Hawn mows down everything in her path with a giggle. It's great fun to watch her just eat up this movie.
  10. Hawn always appears to be acting with a vengeance, but Sarandon just breathes her part.
  11. 63
    Likable, cheerfully off-color comedy.
  12. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    60
    A too-pat but very funny comedy.
  13. 60
    The sexual frankness is refreshing. As Suzette and Lavinia banter, their dialogue often suggests how "Sex and the City" might sound 20 years hence.
  14. 60
    Watching Sarandon and Hawn sashay through their paces is its own reward.
  15. It has its moments, but they never add up to a record you'd want to play again and again in its entirety.
  16. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    60
    Dolman's comedy isn't exactly a barrel of emotional surprises, but its great cast underachieves admirably. There are worse ways to pass 94 minutes.
  17. 60
    The conflict between Hawn, who prizes her freedom, and Sarandon, who values her family, is pretty rich; it reminded me of the friendship between Shirley MacLaine and Anne Bancroft in "The Turning Point."
  18. 60
    Gets off to a bumpy start and runs into trouble along the way, but once it gets going, it's surprisingly warm and engaging.
  19. Could have taken a witty scalpel to baby-boomer posturings. But Dolman, whose instrument of choice is the rubber mallet of smarm, just isn't the man for the job -- he ends up enshrining the very hypocrisy that should be dissected.
  20. The Banger Sisters stands as proof that no movie is so bad it can't be redeemed by a single stellar performance. That performance is by Susan Sarandon.
  21. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Because Sarandon is such a good actress, she makes the movie watchable, and there are a couple of laughs to be had.
  22. Terrific performers doing what they're often forced to do, overcoming sorely flawed material.
  23. A practiced piece of Hollywood hokum, way too calculated and contrived, especially for a film that nominally celebrates the chaos and creativity of the 1960s.
  24. 42
    A flimsy film that's too clean and corn pone to be anything near rock 'n' roll.
  25. Certainly begins with its heart in the right place. But the movie eventually snaps under the strain of its plot contrivances and its need to reassure.
  26. The resultant film is all surface and plush, with nary a hard edge or demanding note. Despite the movie's well-intentioned heart, its head is out to lunch, neglecting its responsibility to provide these powerhouse actresses with a script half as smart or compelling as they.
  27. For the most part, it's both sitcomishly predictable and cloying in its attempts to be poignant.
  28. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    33
    Really, the sole favor Dolman does the plucky Hawn is to light her rear end so that its continued gloriousness can be appreciated.
  29. The best way to kill the spirit of the sixties is to sanitize it with preachiness, which is what happens here. That rock-cock collection might as well be a box of baseball cards.
  30. 25
    The Banger Sisters so frequently features Hawn running around in revealing attire, tossing instructions at exhausted people that I'm inclined to think of it as a workout video.
  31. For a few brief moments, it's the bravest work this Hollywood gargoyle (Hawn) has ever done.
  32. 20
    Painful to sit through, because you want to see someone like Paul Thomas Anderson take hold of the character and the actress and start again from the beginning. Bob Dolman understands Suzette, but the rest of the movie is composed of ham-handedly obvious scenes. [23 Sept 2002, p. 98]
  33. From opening to closing credits, there isn't a single genuine moment -- as phony as a dime bag of oregano.

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