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Fried Green Tomatoes Reviews

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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
June 2, 2014
[A] clunky, fraudulent, yet apparently crowd-pleasing laugh-and-tear-jerker.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
June 2, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 2, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 2, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
June 2, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
The movie left me wishing its sterling cast -- including a radiant Jessica Tandy -- had been better served.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Variety Staff
Variety
October 18, 2008
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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