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Now and Then (1995)

tomatometer

20

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4

No consensus yet.

audience

83

liked it
Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 75,615

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Movie Info

Four women look back at the girls they used to be in this warm comedy-drama. Author Samantha Albertson (Demi Moore), actress Tina Tercell (Melanie Griffith), gynecologist Roberta Martin (Rosie O'Donnell), and housewife Christina DeWitt (Rita Wilson) are friends from childhood who get together for the first time in years when Christina is about to have a baby. Seeing the old gang sends Samantha down memory lane, as she recalls the summer of 1970, when the girls were 12-years-old and edging into

PG-13,

Drama, Comedy

Dec 21, 1999

New Line Home Entertainment

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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (13) | DVD (1)

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

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Standard coming of age story, the adult gimmick doesn't add anything.

August 14, 2003
About.com

Revolves around a reunion of four women friends where they try to put the past into perspective.

August 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

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.
March 30, 2013
romy861

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?
April 28, 2011
jennifxu

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.
December 13, 2010
Redlats

Super Reviewer

    1. 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 (24 months ago)
    1. Vietnam Veteran: Your parents aren't always right.
    – Submitted by Angela T (24 months ago)
    1. 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 (2 years ago)
    1. 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 (2 years ago)
    1. Samantha Albertson: [narrating] I decided not to tell the others about my father, call me a fool but I actually thought he'd be back, a wishful notion I held onto for years. At the time no one in The Gaslight Edition had gotten a divorce and the last thing I wanted was to be different from my friends.
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (2 years ago)
    1. Samantha Albertson: [narrating talking about Crazy Pete] He gave me the only gift he could... The lesson that had taken him a lifetime to learn... And although I understood the importance of his words... It's only now looking back that I understand their meaning.
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (2 years ago)
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