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Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 11

Fried Green Tomatoes' tearjerking drama is undeniably manipulative, but in the hands of a skilled cast that includes Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates, it's also powerfully effective.


Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 3

Fried Green Tomatoes' tearjerking drama is undeniably manipulative, but in the hands of a skilled cast that includes Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates, it's also powerfully effective.



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A woman learns the value of friendship as she hears the story of two women and how their friendship shaped their lives in this warm comedy-drama. Evelyn Couch (Kathy Bates) is an emotionally repressed housewife with a habit of drowning her sorrows in candy bars. Her husband Ed (Gailard Sartain) barely acknowledges her existence, and while he visits his aunt at a nursing home every week, Evelyn is not permitted to come into the room because the old women doesn't like her. One week, while waiting


Drama, Comedy

Fannie Flagg, Carol Sobieski

Apr 18, 2000

Universal Pictures

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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (11) | DVD (11)

[A] clunky, fraudulent, yet apparently crowd-pleasing laugh-and-tear-jerker.

June 2, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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When a group of actors this gifted and lively tries so good-naturedly to deliver such an obvious message, the audience is left in the position of trying to stop a tidal wave. You may hate yourself for responding, but you're smothered before you know it.

June 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Directed and co-written by first-timer Jon Avnet, the episodic production manages to capture the fried-tomato flavor of the deep South without becoming too pushy or patronizing about it.

June 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Fried Green Tomatoes is a case of a film acted with such skill and conviction that glaring problems of narrative, pace and structure seem like minor slips.

June 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The movie never quite shakes its stiff, studied feel, just as the town of Whistle Stop never stops seeming the quaint creation of an art director.

June 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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The movie left me wishing its sterling cast -- including a radiant Jessica Tandy -- had been better served.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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It's a nice, pleasant celebration of friendship, but without much meat to chew on.

June 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It doesn't quite have the courage to face its own implications and so leaves the story that follows in a kind of blur apt to offend no one but equally incapable of moving anyone.

June 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Fried Green Tomatoes is gosh-darned lovable, even if it does get downright sugary at times.

June 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Tulsa World
Tulsa World

Essentially a story about friendship between two pairs of women, then and now, it could be classified as an intelligent woman's picture, but this truly uplifting and gratifying movie can and should be enjoyed by all.

June 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Fried Green Tomatoes is an engaging if sentimental tale, charmingly handled by producer-turned-director Jon Avnet and flawlessly acted by its four female stars.

June 2, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Fried Green Tomatoes is a cut above superficially similar 'women's pictures'.

June 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Film4

The fine performances and worthy themes are sold short. There are two films here, neither one of which is as fully developed as it could be.

June 2, 2014 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The script plods. Tandy looks as though she'd rather be elsewhere. The desire is understandable.

June 2, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

The characters are engaging, but the story is hackneyed and the filmmaking is dull.

June 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

After all, it's not every day that one encounters a sensitive tale of sisterhood that also contains an element of cannibalism. For that alone, the movie deserves respect.

March 9, 2014 Full Review Source:

Stirring, sizzling serving of female empowerment.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Please no.

August 9, 2007 | Comments (3)

An immensely likable, wonderfully-performed film.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Fried Green Tomatoes

Excellent movie about friendship and love. Kathy Bates' character befriends an old woman who tells stories of her past.
February 10, 2013
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Super Reviewer

Another tale of the Southern woman, so spicy and headstrong that she ends up in multiple adventures including murder, love affairs, and the ultimate threat of betrayal between best friends. Friendship, the cornerstone to this feel good film, is the building block that parallels relationships of the past with the present state of wild eyed homemaker Kathy Bates, whose performance is both realistic, heart warming, and darn impressive. Accolades are worth throwing around for this love fest.
December 9, 2010

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    1. Judge: Percy, it don't look like you got a case at all. In the first place, there's no body. Second, we got us a preacher that nobody's gonna dispute...
    2. Prosecutor: But your honor...
    3. Judge: I'm tellin' you, what you got is a whole lotta nothin'. I say that Frank Bennett got himself drunk, drove into the river and was long ago eaten up and I don't give a goddamn! What we got us here is a case of accidental death. Case dismissed.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (6 days ago)
    1. Evelyn Couch: I never get mad, Miss Threadgoode, never, the way I was raised, it was bad manners. Well, I got mad, and it felt great. I felt like could just beat the shit out of all those punks! Excuse my language. And then when I finish with all those punks, I'll take on all the wife beaters like Frank Bennett, machine gun their genitals, (imitates machine gun) eh-he-he-he-he-he!
    2. Evelyn Couch: (laughs)
    3. Evelyn Couch: Towanda will go on a rampage, I'll slip some tiny bombs into Penthouse and Playboys so they explode when you open them. I'll ban all fashion models who weigh under one-hundred-thirty pounds! And I'll give half the military budget to the people over sixty five and declare wrinkles sexually desirable.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Idgie Threadgoode: One time, there was this lake, (pause) and uh, it was right outside of town. We used to go fishin' and swimmin' and canoein' in it, and uh (sniffle) this one November this flock of ducks came in and landed on that lake, and uh the temperature dropped so fast that the lake froze right there and then the ducks, they flew off ya see (voice breaking) and took the lake with them (small sob) and uh, now they say that lake is over in Georgia... (quite) imagine that.
    2. Idgie Threadgoode: (walks over to Ruth) (sobs and starts to cry)
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Idgie Threadgoode: There's so many (voice breaking) things I wanna say to you.
    2. Ruth Jamison: No, I love your stories. Tell me a story, Idgie.
    3. Ruth Jamison: (pause) Go on you old Bee Charmer, tell me a good tall tale.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Ninny Threadgoode: It's good to see that you're so happy, and you've slimmed down quite a bit these last few weeks.
    2. Evelyn Couch: I'm just so happy, Big George and Idgie got off. I would've killed Frank Bennett if I coulda. Did anybody really think that Idgie murdered him?
    3. Ninny Threadgoode: Some said yes, some said no. The only person who really knew the answer to that was Frank Bennett, and you know what they say, dead men tell no tales.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Missy: I hear that they've got an assertive trainin' class for southern women.
    2. Missy: (looks puzzled)
    3. Missy: Of course that's a contradiction in terms.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
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