Fried Green Tomatoes Reviews

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 27, 2006
The picture is about gender politics and a legacy of communal repression that is itself too embarrassed to port over a nearly-platonic-anyway love story between two women.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Colette Maude
Time Out
June 24, 2006
More dizzying than the jumps between past and present is the speed with which consciousness-raised Evelyn swaps caricatures, evolving from Frump to Fighter.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 1, 2006
An enjoyable if sentimental chic flick that sanitizes Flagg's novel in two major respects, glossing over the lesbian relationship between Mary Louise Parker and Mary Stuart Masterson and underplaying the blatant racism in the trail of a black man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 21, 2006
There's just enough human feeling here to make it transcend the feel--good chick-flick genre.
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
December 27, 2004
Memorable ensemble, dead-on dialogue.
| Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 18, 2003
A wonderful cinematic valentine to the life-enhancing and soul-stirring powers of friendship.
Greg Muskewitz
eFilmCritic.com
July 11, 2003
Bates and Tandy shine in what is essentially an extended flashback with the occasional present day bookends.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
One of the strongest things in the film is Ms. Masterson, a magnetic, wildly defiant actress with so much energy she often seems to be bursting at the seams of her role.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003
This film is at once wise, funny and very moving.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Fried Green Tomatoes is fairly predictable, and the flashback structure is a distraction, but the strength of the performances overcomes the problems of the structure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Mary Stuart Masterson, as Idgie, keeps us guessing. One of Hollywood's best young actresses, she fairly sets off sparks as the tomboy next door, a distaff Huck Finn.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
While Fried Green Tomatoes often veers between being too pat and too vague, too obvious and too unclear, too much of the "I laughed, I cried" school of storytelling -- it still has a charm that stems from its vivid and unique characterizations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
An enjoyable film for the Steel Magnolias crowd, though a bit grittier.
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
This dish turns out to be palatable, even enjoyable, though a little light for my taste.
Full Review | Original Score: high +1 out of -4..+4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Fried Green Tomatoes is a thoroughly enjoyable movie-going experience, replete with laughter, tears, triumph, and tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
February 21, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
February 12, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
October 27, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
October 2, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
August 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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