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Mermaids Reviews

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Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
Moving, but teen sex content meant for discussion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
The delightful Ryder, billing notwithstanding, is really the star.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Self-conscious, eccentric...
Clint Morris
Film Threat
May 6, 2005
Three generations of greatness
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 19, 2003
A bright, buoyant comedy about an unusual mother-daughter relationship.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Miss Ryder is so good, in fact, that "Mermaids" might have dared to be a tougher, more satisfying movie than the stylish sitcom it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dan Lybarger
Lawrence Journal-World
July 30, 2002
A pleasant but dull coming of age story that doesn't quite swim.
| Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
When "Mermaids" is on the mark it's a riot - but often it bogs down with pointless set-pieces that seem to go nowhere and suffers from an ending that feels contrived and overly sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It's awash in mediocrity, waterlogged with innocuousness and redeemed only occasionally by sweet-faced Ryder.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
I found a lot of it preposterous, but I enjoyed that quality. Why do we look at movies? To learn lessons and see life reflected back at us? Sometimes. But sometimes we simply sit there in the dark, stupefied by the spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
January 1, 2000
a Cher fan's dream come true, a lively tale that allows her to play the kind of free-loving free spirit she used to sing about in 1970s numbers like 'Dixie Girl' ('waitin' on tables and passin' myself around' went the lyric)
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Mermaids has more to it than first meets the eye.
Full Review | Original Score: low +2 out of -4..+4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Having made something of a specialty of woe-is-me, adolescent angst, Ryder finds a deeper level here, a level of comedy with something genuinely painful mixed in.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 14, 1990
There's something a little insulting about a contemporary movie that reduces women to either trashy bimbos or repressed virgins.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Michael Szymanski
September 25, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
June 17, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
March 5, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 27, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
December 22, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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