Georgia Rule Reviews

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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 3, 2007
The confused script trades in such heavy topics as alcoholism and child sexual abuse, but every dramatic scene plays like one of those schmaltzy Happy Days moments that inevitably drew a big 'Awwwwww!' from the studio audience.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 16, 2007
Time for a new book by Jane Fonda, and this time I expect a full chapter on how she got snookered into doing Georgia Rule.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
May 12, 2007
Director Garry Marshall has too much confidence that he can match the weighty issues here with the light comedy. He can't. Or at least he can't with this cast.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 12, 2007
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 12, 2007
The central problem with the movie isn't that it deals with several hot-button topics, but that it addresses them with a shocking lack of emotional honesty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 11, 2007
Georgia Rule doesn't make you feel good; it makes you queasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 11, 2007
You'd think that decree No. 1 for a movie about rules would be to know exactly what kind of picture you're making and selling. Georgia Rule fails that basic test, and a whole lot of other ones besides.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
May 11, 2007
As an acting showcase -- the supporting roles are as rich as the leads -- Georgia Rule is undeniably one of the year's best American dramedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 11, 2007
It's a creepy, tone-deaf movie about three generations of women.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 11, 2007
A murky blend of melodrama and comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 11, 2007
Do not take your mom to Georgia Rule unless she's Roseanne Barr. You may expect a three-generational chick flick, but what you get is a child-rape comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 11, 2007
Misguided at best and repellent at worst.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 11, 2007
You can see what they are striving for, but Georgia Rule is so artificial, it feels like more of a flow chart than a slice of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 11, 2007
Not to excuse her apparent lack of professionalism, but can you blame Lohan for showing up to work in bad shape?
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 11, 2007
If there is a 'What Were They Thinking?' Hall of Shame, there's a whole wall preserved for Georgia Rule, a feel-good, mothers-and-daughters comedy about child sexual abuse.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 11, 2007
There's little gussied up in this surprisingly tart mother-child-grandchild reunion picture, written by Mark Andrus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
May 11, 2007
It's a shame Lohan's best work to date is bogged down in a film that wants to be in the same league as Terms of Endearment but is only marginally better than Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 11, 2007
Georgia Rule is a bad idea dreadfully executed -- On Golden Pond with fellatio jokes and whimsical incest melodrama and Fonda playing her dad (who, more and more, she eerily resembles).
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 10, 2007
Certain words should be reserved for special occasions. 'Abysmal' is one of them, and Georgia Rule is as special as such occasions get.
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Lael Loewenstein
Los Angeles Times
May 10, 2007
With a different tone -- or in different hands -- its dark and light elements might have managed to coexist rather than vie so awkwardly for attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
May 10, 2007
It's Fonda who represents the movie's real lost opportunity. Now that she's back, which filmmaker is going to win the prize for figuring out how to put her gifts, and her looks, to use?
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 10, 2007
The American public likes nothing better than a tragedy with a happy ending, William Dean Howells observed. But Marshall so cautiously downplays the tragic elements of his plot that the sweetness and light left a sour taste in my mouth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 10, 2007
Well-acted, sometimes amusing but flat-out tone-deaf.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 10, 2007
Opening with a raunchy but light comic tone, the story veers into queasy territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 10, 2007
It's the kind of small-town movie that looks as if it was made by people who never set foot outside Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Suzanne Condie Lambert
Arizona Republic
May 10, 2007
Director Garry Marshall's comedy-drama suffers from an unfortunate role reversal. The comedy is stunningly unfunny, while the drama is sometimes disturbingly funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 10, 2007
Georgia Rule, directed by Garry Marshall from a script by Mark Andrus, swerves and spins, taking its predictable plot in some surprising directions.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 10, 2007
Maybe Georgia Rule should be required viewing for Paris Hilton during her term in the slammer. But not for us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
May 10, 2007
Three noisy women and a worn-out premise rattle around in Georgia Rule, an incoherent dramedy of rampant parental insufficiency from director Garry Marshall.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 10, 2007
Combines battleship actresses of the Steel Magnolias variety, fall-down-go-boom comedy that was obsolete in the '30s, Lindsay Lohan's cleavage and intergenerational fondling just for kicks.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 10, 2007
It's the sort of you'll-laugh-you'll-cry drivel that's so beneath its talented cast you have to wonder how everyone ended up here -- sort of like Custer and his Last Stand.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 9, 2007
Lohan hits a true note of spiteful princess narcissism. Unfortunately, it's the only note the film allows her to play.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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John Anderson
Variety
May 8, 2007
The subject matter is grim, the relationships are gnarled, the worldview is bleak, and, at any given moment, you suspect someone's going to be hit with a pie.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
May 8, 2007
This strained dramedy falls well outside of the director's comfort level.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 8, 2007
In the end, it's just another concoction of unbelievable characters doing unbelievable things, and telling us nothing we haven't heard before.