• PG-13, 1 hr. 56 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Callie Khouri
    In Theaters:
    Jun 7, 2002 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 5, 2002
  • Warner Bros. Pictures

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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Reviews

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Not as good as the book it is based on...

Full Review

September 16, 2002
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

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.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3/5

September 9, 2002
Neil Smith
BBC.com

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.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 2/5

September 9, 2002
Luis Martinez
Cinenganos

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

September 2, 2002
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

It doesn't help that the script considers elderly characters swearing and discussing alcoholism to be the pinnacle of comic genius.

Full Review

August 22, 2002
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Urban Cinefile

During the first half an hour, I laughed so much I cried; in the last half hour, the tears were real. It's divine!

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

August 17, 2002
Diana Saenger
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Maggie Smith does a sensational job while garnering most of the laughs.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

August 2, 2002
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 20, 2002
Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)

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.

Full Review Source: Journal News (Westchester, NY) | Original Score: C+

July 15, 2002
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

The kind of manipulative mush that Hollywood used to market under the condescending label 'woman's picture' years ago.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 1/4

July 5, 2002
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

As a guy, I found it quite enjoyable, albeit slow and and a little too sentimental.

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons | Original Score: 3/5

June 24, 2002
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

More verbal than dramatic, the narrative is fed to the audience as gossip and recall, impeding its spontaneous and magical flow.

Full Review

June 20, 2002
Josh Gilchrist
Billings Outpost (Montana)

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.

June 19, 2002
Nick Schager
Matinee Magazine

Like an Overacting Anonymous meeting for prestigious female actresses eager to try their hands at obnoxious braying and outrageously broad antics.

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: C

June 18, 2002
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a generally hackneyed comedic melodrama full of eccentric caricatures and forced plot devices that make you want to roll your eyes

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2/4

June 16, 2002
Cheryl DeWolfe
Apollo Guide

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.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 67/100

June 15, 2002
Vanessa Sibbald
Zap2it.com

"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.

Full Review Source: Zap2it.com | Original Score: 3/4

June 14, 2002
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

For all its random chaos, Divine Secrets works because of the power of its convictions -- and its cast.

| Original Score: 3/4

June 12, 2002
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Maybe Callie Khouri will be the next Martin Scorsese

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 3/4

June 12, 2002
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

June 11, 2002
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