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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 144
Fresh: 63 | Rotten: 81

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is more melodramatic than emotionally truthful, and uneven in its mixture of time periods, actresses, laughter and tears.

46

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 20

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is more melodramatic than emotionally truthful, and uneven in its mixture of time periods, actresses, laughter and tears.

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Screenwriter Callie Khouri makes her directorial debut with this adaptation of a pair of popular novels by author Rebecca Wells, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Little Altars Everywhere. Sandra Bullock stars as Sidda Lee Walker, a New York playwright who opens a can of emotional worms with her estranged, boozy mother, Vivi (Ellen Burstyn), when she discusses her painful childhood and particularly Vivi's less-than-enviable mothering skills in a Time magazine article. The eccentric

PG-13,

Drama, Comedy

Callie Khouri, Mark Andrus

Nov 5, 2002

$69.5M

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All Critics (145) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (63) | Rotten (81) | DVD (20)

While there are pleasures to be had from watching so many grand actresses strut their stuff, the fact is that the overriding preoccupation here rests with surface impressions rather than psychological probity.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Better make the most of the first ten minutes of this execrable melodrama (directed by the scriptwriter of Thelma & Louise), because from then on it's the yackety-yack sisterhood in spades.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Gives us a lot to enjoy and something most studio movies don't even try for: an attempt at the richness, density and sheer contrariness of life.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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As 'chick flicks' go, this one is pretty miserable, resorting to string-pulling rather than legitimate character development and intelligent plotting.

June 11, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Not one character in this ovarian jungle is particularly likable.

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Khouri manages, with terrific flair, to keep the extremes of screwball farce and blood-curdling family intensity on one continuum.

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Chick flick for mom; teens may not enjoy it.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Sandra Bullock is great as Siddalee Walker, the angry and disgruntled woman who has a cross to bear with her mother and often exhibits the corky odd traits her mother does.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

I heard something in the audience for Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood I don't hear often any more: the sound of middle-aged women laughing.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

...if you plan on having a man watch this film with you, do him a favor...and don't.

December 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Supercala.com
Supercala.com

Seeing the film, my initial, gut perception of those who form real life Ya-Ya Sisterhoods stands: these are women with way too much time on their hands.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

There are some truly great actresses in this movie, but nearly all of them are wasted playing caricatures.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

Though [Khouri] has an obvious flair for exploring the inner workings of the female mind, she unfortunately glosses over a pinnacle moment in the story and inevitably lets the viewer down.

February 1, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

That such strong, capable women are called on to carry a film as shoddy as Ya-Ya in front of and from behind the camera is hardly progress.

January 12, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

A tal irmandade Ya-Ya é de uma bobagem extremada, e o roteiro tem buracos incríveis, deixando de lado vários pontos sobre os irmãos de Burstyn e Bullock, que são mencionados, mas nunca vistos.

July 25, 2003
Cinema em Cena

...it becomes clear that these two hours would be better spent reflecting on our own treasured memories than getting confused by this group's sordid past.

July 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies
Zertinet Movies

...Mostly a load of pretentious crap, but it has its moments.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Since, at least as relates to its central plot, Ya-Ya cheerleads for the pure life-living gusto of its gaudy heroines, some spirited overacting and slathery screenwriting is less a liability than a guilty pleasure the movie is wholly in on.

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

It is the actresses' irreproachable ability to tap into the feminine psyche, to capture the beauty of female friendships and to demonstrate the complex love and loathe relationship often found between mothers and daughters that elevates this movie.

December 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Cross-generational mother-daughter drama is a little familiar, but it'll still warm your heart.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix
Netflix

Well-made, but frequently boring and predictable drama -- a couple of decent performances but the climax doesn't work and it's all been done better elsewhere.

October 30, 2002 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

With an assist from screenwriter Mark Andrus, and judicious borrowing from the follow-up novel Little Altars Everywhere, Ms. Khouri has tamed Rebecca Wells' sprawling narrative without sacrificing its emotional riches.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

For all the quirky behaviour on display, there is still no personality, merely 'issues', their resolutions and a lot of frickin' ya-yas.

October 6, 2002

What have we done to deserve this treacly, badly-acted nonsense? Whose children have we run over in a previous life?

October 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Audience Reviews for Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

this was a waste of time. it was well acted, but it was one of the slowest moving films i have ever seen.
December 2, 2007
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danny d

Super Reviewer

Jumbled movie about people you have a hard time liking.
January 31, 2007
superclerk25

Super Reviewer

All female cast stars are fabulous and funny.
November 29, 2006
deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Very good movie. The costumes were very realistic, the acting was awesome, and it truly felt like it captured friendship.
April 21, 2007
husky10000years

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    1. Shep Walker: You live with someone long enough, you can see what they're tryin' to hide by the way they try to hide it.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Necie: I wish you could've known your momma back then, you've would loved her.
    2. Sidda Lee Walker: Necie, me not lovin' momma was never the problem.
    3. Caro: Her not lovin' you was never the problem either.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Shep Walker: I think it can best be said... The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
    2. Sidda Lee Walker: Well, what about the road back? What's the paved with?
    3. Shep Walker: Humility.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Caro: What I'd give to know then I know now. And to still have those thighs!
    2. Necie: I'm sure they're still buried in there somewhere.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Vivi Abbott Walker: Yes?
    2. Connor McGill: I don't know if you really ruined Sidda's life or not, but I do know right now that's you're ruinin' mine! And your phone etiquette sucks!
    3. Vivi Abbott Walker: He hung up on me!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (10 months ago)
    1. Sidda Lee Walker: I don't care if she was abducted by leprechauns and whacked over the head with their shillelagh sticks!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (10 months ago)
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