Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic elements, language, and brief sensuality)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Callie Khouri, Mark Andrus
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 5, 2002
Box Office: $69.5M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


as Siddalee Walker

as Vivian Jane Abbott `...

as Younger Vivian

as Shep Walker

as Younger Caro

as Younger Teensy

as Younger Necie

as Little Vivi

as Little Teensy

as Little Necie

as Younger Shep Walker

as Grandma Buggy

as Pete Abbott

as Genevieve

as Taylor Abbott

as Willetta

as Older Willetta

as Chaney

as Pete Abbott

as Little Sidda

as Little Shep Jr.

as Aunt Louise

as James Jr.

as Dr. Beau Poche

as Shirley

as Mr. Whitman

as Officer Roscoe Jenki...

as Younger Chick

as Younger Chick

as Adult Shep Jr.

as Female Interviewer

as Stage Manager

as Confessional Priest

as Airplane Man

as Lyle Johnson

as Lady at Gas Station

as Pawn Broker

as Swing Band Singer

as Sister Solange

as Chanteuse
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Critic Reviews for Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

All Critics (145) | Top Critics (37)

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.

Full Review… | September 5, 2008
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Chick flick for mom; teens may not enjoy it.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
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.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
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.

Full Review… | July 30, 2007

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

Full Review… | December 31, 2005

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.

danny d

Super Reviewer


Jumbled movie about people you have a hard time liking.

Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer


All female cast stars are fabulous and funny.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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