• PG-13, 2 hr. 10 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Jon Avnet
    In Theaters:
    Dec 27, 1991 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 18, 2000
  • Universal Pictures


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Fried Green Tomatoes Reviews

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John Hartl
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 2, 2014
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

It's a nice, pleasant celebration of friendship, but without much meat to chew on.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

June 2, 2014
Dennis King
Tulsa World

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

Full Review Source: Tulsa World | Original Score: 3/4

June 2, 2014
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

June 2, 2014
Peter Freedman
Radio Times

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.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 2, 2014
Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

June 2, 2014

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 2, 2014


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

Full Review Source: Film4

June 2, 2014
Brian Orndorf

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.

Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: B+

March 9, 2014
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The movie left me wishing its sterling cast -- including a radiant Jessica Tandy -- had been better served.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

September 7, 2011
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Stirring, sizzling serving of female empowerment.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 18, 2010
Variety Staff
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Tandy is at her sparkling best as the endearing old story-teller. Bates is also terrif in a funny and sympathetic turn. Director Jon Avnet, in his feature film debut, gets first-rate work from the featured performers.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 18, 2008
Chuck O'Leary

An immensely likable, wonderfully-performed film.

Full Review Source: FulvueDrive-in.com | Original Score: B

August 29, 2006
Emanuel Levy

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: 3/4

June 1, 2006
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

There's just enough human feeling here to make it transcend the feel--good chick-flick genre.

| Original Score: 3/5

April 21, 2006
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Memorable ensemble, dead-on dialogue.

| Original Score: 5/5

December 27, 2004
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

| Original Score: 4/5

February 12, 2004
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

| Original Score: 3/5

October 27, 2003
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A wonderful cinematic valentine to the life-enhancing and soul-stirring powers of friendship.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

July 18, 2003
Greg Muskewitz

Bates and Tandy shine in what is essentially an extended flashback with the occasional present day bookends.

| Original Score: 3/5

July 11, 2003
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