• 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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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

June 2, 2014
Colette Maude
Time Out
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More dizzying than the jumps between past and present is the speed with which consciousness-raised Evelyn swaps caricatures, evolving from Frump to Fighter.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

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.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun

June 2, 2014
Cole Smithey

Please no.

| Original Score: 2/5

August 9, 2007
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

| Original Score: 1/5

October 2, 2003
Joanne Kaufman
People Magazine

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

Full Review Source: People Magazine

June 2, 2014
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

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

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

June 2, 2014
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

| Original Score: 2/5

February 21, 2004
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

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 Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 1/4

August 27, 2006
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

June 2, 2014
Michael Sragow
New Yorker
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[A] clunky, fraudulent, yet apparently crowd-pleasing laugh-and-tear-jerker.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

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
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
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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Fried Green Tomatoes is a thoroughly enjoyable movie-going experience, replete with laughter, tears, triumph, and tragedy.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
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
Mark R. Leeper

This dish turns out to be palatable, even enjoyable, though a little light for my taste.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: high +1 out of -4..+4

January 1, 2000
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 3/5

August 22, 2002
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