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Georgia Rule Reviews

Melissa Anderson
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 1/5

November 17, 2011
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 3, 2007
Melissa Anderson
Time Out New York
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The film is unforgivable.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/6

May 19, 2007
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

May 16, 2007
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: D

May 12, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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May 12, 2007
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

May 12, 2007
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Georgia Rule doesn't make you feel good; it makes you queasy.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1/4

May 11, 2007
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 11, 2007
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

May 11, 2007
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's a creepy, tone-deaf movie about three generations of women.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

May 11, 2007
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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A murky blend of melodrama and comedy.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1/4

May 11, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: .5/4

May 11, 2007
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Misguided at best and repellent at worst.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/4

May 11, 2007
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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 Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1/4

May 11, 2007
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Not to excuse her apparent lack of professionalism, but can you blame Lohan for showing up to work in bad shape?

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 0/4

May 11, 2007
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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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 Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 1/4

May 11, 2007
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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There's little gussied up in this surprisingly tart mother-child-grandchild reunion picture, written by Mark Andrus.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

May 11, 2007
Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

May 11, 2007
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: .5/4

May 11, 2007
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Certain words should be reserved for special occasions. 'Abysmal' is one of them, and Georgia Rule is as special as such occasions get.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

May 10, 2007
Lael Loewenstein
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 10, 2007
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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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?

Full Review Source: Salon.com

May 10, 2007
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 10, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Well-acted, sometimes amusing but flat-out tone-deaf.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

May 10, 2007
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Opening with a raunchy but light comic tone, the story veers into queasy territory.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

May 10, 2007
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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 Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C-

May 10, 2007
Suzanne Condie Lambert
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 1.5/5

May 10, 2007
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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

May 10, 2007
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Maybe Georgia Rule should be required viewing for Paris Hilton during her term in the slammer. But not for us.

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

May 10, 2007
Ella Taylor
Village Voice
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Three noisy women and a worn-out premise rattle around in Georgia Rule, an incoherent dramedy of rampant parental insufficiency from director Garry Marshall.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 10, 2007
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 10, 2007
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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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 Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C-

May 10, 2007
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Lohan hits a true note of spiteful princess narcissism. Unfortunately, it's the only note the film allows her to play.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

May 9, 2007
John Anderson
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 8, 2007
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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This strained dramedy falls well outside of the director's comfort level.

May 8, 2007
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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In the end, it's just another concoction of unbelievable characters doing unbelievable things, and telling us nothing we haven't heard before.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

May 8, 2007
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