Thelma & Louise

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
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  1. The New York Times
    Reviewed by: Elvis Mitchell
    100
    It reimagines the buddy film with such freshness and vigor that the genre seems positively new.
  2. This is a movie to love, that touches you in places you never suspected, that shows you that the road less traveled is the road to your dreams.
  3. 90
    Begins like an episode of "I Love Lucy" and ends with the impact of "Easy Rider."
  4. Newsweek
    Reviewed by: Jack Kroll
    90
    Sarandon and Davis give superb, wonderfully interactive performances: funky, fierce, funny and poignant. [27 May 1991]
  5. 90
    It spins its wheels in a giddy sort of way, then puts the pedal to the mettle, lays rubber and fairly takes wing.
  6. 80
    Grade A propaganda of the first order.
  7. It's a pretty shameless outlaw fantasy; the feminist justification that the script provides for the heroines' behavior doesn't make their actions any less preposterous.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. Gilbert
    Nov 19, 2002
    10
    Bad things about T&M: the music at the ending is too loud and bombastic, and, with the montage over the credits detracts from the power (and Bad things about T&M: the music at the ending is too loud and bombastic, and, with the montage over the credits detracts from the power (and don't worry, oh great "Ed", my lips are henceforth sealed)(Ed: Thanks, Gilbert...nice reviews, by the way). Good things about T&M: everything else. Expand
  2. Mar 26, 2016
    9
    Thelma & Louise is a thumpingly adventurous road pic about two regular gals who shoot down a would-be rapist and wind up on the lam in theirThelma & Louise is a thumpingly adventurous road pic about two regular gals who shoot down a would-be rapist and wind up on the lam in their 1966 T-bird. Even those who don’t rally to pic’s fed-up feminist outcry will take to its comedy, momentum and dazzling visuals.

    Arkansas housewife Thelma (Geena Davis) and waitress Louise (Susan Sarandon) set out for a weekend fishing trip away from the drudgery of their lives and the indifference of their men; they stop at a roadside honkytonk to blow off steam, and things turn ugly. A guy tries to rape Thelma; Louise can’t take it so she plugs the creep with a .38. Then they hit the highway, dazed and in trouble.

    Sarandon is the big sister, more feminine, more focused, smoldering with a quiet determination. Davis is more loosely wrapped; she goes with the flow, follows her whims into trouble. The journey into recklessness is exhilarating, which gives the film its buoyant pull. In an indelible final image, it maintains the sense of reckless exhilaration to the end.

    Despite some delectably funny scenes between the sexes, Ridley Scott’s pic isn’t about women vs men. It’s about freedom, like any good road picture. In that sense, and in many others, it’s a classic.
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  3. Jun 22, 2012
    8
    I'm an AS media studies student and we watched this film for an example about how women are portrayed in the media. The story of Thelma, aI'm an AS media studies student and we watched this film for an example about how women are portrayed in the media. The story of Thelma, a housewife to a lazy slob of whom she waits hand and foot going on a road trip with her best friend Louise, the waitress who is street smart and quick thinking, is beautifully told by Scott. The films humour is hilarious yet still manages to keep that feeling of desperation that develop over the two women. And last but not least that ending, one of the best I have seen in years. Truly a classic film and something everybody should experience. Expand
  4. Oct 26, 2012
    8
    Is a good movie and enjoyable but not the best we could get. the only good man is unfortunately the least credible. its impossible toIs a good movie and enjoyable but not the best we could get. the only good man is unfortunately the least credible. its impossible to discover why he is a better man as all the other. Expand
  5. Oct 11, 2014
    8
    The film received lots of criticism from those who though it to be ‘male-bashing’ and that men were represented unfairly. I believe this to beThe film received lots of criticism from those who though it to be ‘male-bashing’ and that men were represented unfairly. I believe this to be true with Hal seemingly being the only decent male role in the film. But personally what I love about the film is that it IS male bashing; it makes its point in precisely this way. Depictions of women are almost always negative and seen as inferior to men in most films. So if you find this film offensive to men then, metaphorically, grow a pair and man up. Expand
  6. Jul 5, 2013
    6
    Nearly twenty-five years after it's release, Thelma & Louise is still heralded as a classic, and is on most critics best films list. For yearsNearly twenty-five years after it's release, Thelma & Louise is still heralded as a classic, and is on most critics best films list. For years I'd heard about how outrageous and empowering this film is, but I'd never seen it in it's entirety. I've seen bits and pieces on cable and seen parodies of it, but I really never saw anything that made me want to watch it. The story is an interesting one about these two ladies who go on a weekend vacation. The ladies go drinking and partying, which gets them into some trouble and leads to them going on the run. This is one of those films that has those classic moments that really shine over the rest of the film. I found Thelma & Louise to be quite forgettable, but it's those particular scenes that will stay with me. The cast was in class all it's own and I think that's why the critics loved this film so much. Thelma & Louise may have been revolutionary for 1992, but in 2013, it's really not all that extreme, and in the years since, there have been so many copycats, that it's hard to differentiate it from all the similar stories that came after it. Geena Davis is just unbelievably good as Thelma. I love Geena Davis, I think she's extremely underrated, and it's her performance that makes this film work. How she doesn't win the Oscar for her portrayal of Thelma is beyond me. Susan Sarandon wasn't bad either, she's not really known for comedy and too me, she'll always be the one who prevented Bull Durham from being THE ultimate baseball film, but she was impressive. The cast member that was most interesting to me, was the young drifter, played by a good looking newcomer named Brad Pitt. In his first major film, Brad Pitt was so much different from the man we know today, it really showed the age of this film and just how much things can change in a relatively short period of time. It's hard to believe, but it was almost exactly five years after this films release that he starred in Se7en. As I said previously, this film is considered to be one of the best films of all time and it's gain that reputation because of it's performances and stand out scenes. Thelma & Louise have their moments on their little adventure, but in the end, it's familiar, predictable, and forgettable. Expand
  7. May 15, 2011
    0
    Piece of crap, as entertainment it is not in fact "pretty darn good", maybe if you're a dullard. A lame film trying to show some strong femalePiece of crap, as entertainment it is not in fact "pretty darn good", maybe if you're a dullard. A lame film trying to show some strong female characters that fails miserably and is a sad inferior version of several other, better movies with male stars. Expand

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