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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Reviews

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Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
July 9, 2003
...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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 7, 2002
There is not a character in the movie with a shred of plausibility, not an event that is believable, not a confrontation that is not staged, not a moment that is not false.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 11, 2002
As 'chick flicks' go, this one is pretty miserable, resorting to string-pulling rather than legitimate character development and intelligent plotting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
There are some truly great actresses in this movie, but nearly all of them are wasted playing caricatures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
June 7, 2002
For all its ambition ... Divine Secrets seems thin and by-the-numbers.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 10, 2002
[T]here's alcoholism, there's child abuse, there's all sorts of tragedy, but it's handled in a sitcom manner, which is completely wrong for this material.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 6, 2002
Even more than most books, Divine gets dented in the transition to the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Matinee Magazine
June 18, 2002
Like an Overacting Anonymous meeting for prestigious female actresses eager to try their hands at obnoxious braying and outrageously broad antics.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
June 7, 2002
A decent movie, but a terrible adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
May 15, 2002
... is an arthritic attempt at directing by Callie Khouri. I had to look away - this was god awful.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 5, 2008
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.
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
June 20, 2002
More verbal than dramatic, the narrative is fed to the audience as gossip and recall, impeding its spontaneous and magical flow.
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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
June 3, 2002
The very point of Wells' book -- the growth and deepening of womanly strength and wisdom over decades, and the conferring of it onto the next generation -- gets completely lost while Khouri fumbles with five time periods and three different casts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 7, 2002
Neither the laughter nor the tears make a genuine emotional connection.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
June 5, 2002
I don't mind having my heartstrings pulled, but don't treat me like a fool.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 5, 2002
The latest in a line of chicken-fried chick flicks... "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" is a whole lotta ya-ya indeed
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
June 6, 2002
Everything about Divine reeks because of a haphazard hope that people won't question what they're seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
June 6, 2002
[A] scornful nastiness infects this appallingly giddy celebration of abusive female insanity.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 25, 2003
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 6, 2002
Fans of such stuff ... will probably find Divine Secrets a delicious before-bed treat, just as they did the novel; for the rest of us, it's just reheated Fried Green Tomatoes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Boston Phoenix
June 10, 2002
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