Now and Then (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

Now and Then (1995)



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Movie Info

This wistful drama is set in the summer of 1970 and follows the adventures of four 12-year-old girls as they attempt to solve a murder. When not involved with that, the girls have fun, play pranks on the town boys, and talk about their rapidly changing lives and bodies.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: I. Marlene King
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 21, 1999
New Line Home Entertainment


Melanie Griffith
as Tina Tercell
Thora Birch
as Young Teeny
Rosie O'Donnell
as Roberta Martin
Christina Ricci
as Young Roberta
Demi Moore
as Samantha Albertson
Rita Wilson
as Christina DeWitt
Gaby Hoffmann
as Young Samantha
Ashleigh Aston Moore
as Young Chrissy
Willa Glen
as Angela Albertson
Bonnie Hunt
as Mrs. Dewitt
Lolita Davidovich
as Mrs. Albertson
Cloris Leachman
as Grandma Albertson
Devon Sawa
as Scott Wormer
Travis Robertson
as Roger Wormer
Justin Humphrey
as Eric Wormer
Bradley Coryell
as Clay Wormer
Brendan Fraser
as Vietnam Veteran
Ric Reitz
as Mr. Albertson
Walter Sparrow
as Crazy Pete
Brandon Kleyla
as Bobby Fricker
Joey Stinson
as Outfielder
Tucker Stone
as Young Morton
Hank Azaria
as Bud Kent
Geoff McKnight
as Tractor Driver
T.S. Morgan
as Limo Driver
Carl Espy
as Morton Williams
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Critic Reviews for Now and Then

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (10)

Now and Then is successful, but only now and then.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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San Francisco Chronicle
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Chicago Sun-Times
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Detroit News
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Audience Reviews for Now and Then

Dull rather than bad. Good cast, particularly the younger girls. Thora Birch and Christina Ricci are always good. The older cast not so good. The 60's setting for the flashbacks didn't personally resonate for me, but I imagine they might for some who grew up in this era, with the outfits and soundtrack.
The story is just too plodding and doesn't really go anywhere. I watched this all the way through when it was first released and remember being bored and unimpressed. I wondered if time and age might have softened my opinion. Unfortunately, I still find it a snoozefest. Gave up on it this time around 40 minutes in.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


I really should not like this incredibly stupid movie, but I do. II can't help it, I'm a sucker for girl power reunion movies, no matter how formula they get. And I love how they just sort of pair up toward the end, and then separate, and then return. But seriously: Rosie O'Donnell as Christina Ricci grown up, what the hell?

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer


Interesting that only 19% of critics liked "Now and Then", yet 78% of Flixster users liked it. I am in the 78%. It is always interesting to see the kid and adult version of the same person in a movie, although I had to write a few notes to remember which kid was which adult. To me the adults the writer created from the four kids we are introduced to made sense.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Now and Then Quotes

Crazy Pete: I don't want to see a lot of people, I don't think they want to see a lot of me.
– Submitted by Angela T (3 years ago)
Vietnam Veteran: Your parents aren't always right.
– Submitted by Angela T (3 years ago)
Samantha Albertson: [narrating] You can run from the disappointments you're trying to forget. But its only when you embrace your past that you truly move forward. Maybe Thomas Wolfe never got to go home again, but I found my way there. And I'm glad I did.
– Submitted by MarieBella C (3 years ago)
Samantha Albertson: [narrating] We all used to try so hard to fit in. We wanted to look exactly alike, do all the same things, practically be the same person, but when we weren't looking that all changed. The tree house was supposed to bring us more independence, but what the summer actually brought was independence from each other.
– Submitted by MarieBella C (3 years ago)

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