Not as good as the book it is based on...
This sprawling generational drama features fantastic performances and examines some very strong themes. But it's also surprisingly thin plot-wise, with a convoluted and indulgent structure badly in need of a dispassionate editor.
| Original Score: 3/5
The result is far from convincing -- though its sentimental melodrama may appeal to women of a certain age who are looking for an alternative to bingo.
| Original Score: 2/5
No se trata de una película ligera definitivamente y su corte es absolutamente feminista, sin embargo hay un enorme talento detrás de ella.
| Original Score: 7.5/10
It doesn't help that the script considers elderly characters swearing and discussing alcoholism to be the pinnacle of comic genius.
During the first half an hour, I laughed so much I cried; in the last half hour, the tears were real. It's divine!
Maggie Smith does a sensational job while garnering most of the laughs.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It has some deft things to say about the way that children come to understand their parents, though it's never less than self-conscious about its need to win us over.
| Original Score: C+
The kind of manipulative mush that Hollywood used to market under the condescending label 'woman's picture' years ago.
| Original Score: 1/4
As a guy, I found it quite enjoyable, albeit slow and and a little too sentimental.
More verbal than dramatic, the narrative is fed to the audience as gossip and recall, impeding its spontaneous and magical flow.
It's about friendship, hardship, motherhood and childhood. The audience is pulled into the lives of a Southern family and, as in every family, we like some people and things more than others.
Like an Overacting Anonymous meeting for prestigious female actresses eager to try their hands at obnoxious braying and outrageously broad antics.
| Original Score: C
a generally hackneyed comedic melodrama full of eccentric caricatures and forced plot devices that make you want to roll your eyes
| Original Score: 2/4
It wraps up a classic mother/daughter struggle in recycled paper with a shiny new bow and while the audience can tell it's not all new, at least it looks pretty.
| Original Score: 67/100
"Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood" is, for the most part, exactly what you'd expect from a woman film -- not less, but sadly, not more.
| Original Score: 3/4
For all its random chaos, Divine Secrets works because of the power of its convictions -- and its cast.
| Original Score: 3/4
Maybe Callie Khouri will be the next Martin Scorsese
First time director Callie Khouri evidences an instinctive flair for both making her film visually interesting and getting the best out of her astonishingly star-studded cast.