Postcards from the Edge (1990)



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Mike Nichols lends some comic structure to Carrie Fisher's best-selling confessional novel concerning a woman's struggles with drug addiction and mother-daughter rivalry (subjects Fisher admits to understanding all too well). Meryl Streep, in her most full-blown comic performance up to that point, plays Suzanne Vale, a popular movie actress well on her way to a Hollywood crack-up. Suzanne suffers from blackouts and memory lapses, and awakens in the beds of men she doesn't remember; she is a … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Carrie Fisher
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On DVD: Apr 30, 2001
Columbia Pictures Corporation


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Critic Reviews for Postcards from the Edge

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (9)

There's not much depth here, but Nichols does a fine job with the surface effects, and the wisecracks keep coming.

Full Review… | October 5, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

In this era of postverbal cinema, Postcards proves that movie dialogue can still carry the sting, heft and meaning of the finest old romantic comedy.

Full Review… | October 5, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Packs a fair amount of emotional wallop in its dark-hued comic take on a chemically dependent Hollywood mother and daughter.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Fisher's intelligence and humour turn what might have been movie brat indulgence into something much sharper and involving.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

''Postcards From the Edge'' is a vehicle, but it's a custom-built Rolls.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

For all the jagged, witty chatter -- and Streep and MacLaine do their tragicomic damnedest with it -- "Postcard" provides the most rudimentary and jury-rigged of outcomes.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Postcards from the Edge


Meryl Streep is amazing in this. The script is wonderful and the mother/daughter rivalry is expertly realized by Streep and Shirley MacLaine.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer

Cast: Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss, Rob Reiner, Mary Wickes, Conrad Bain, Annette Bening, Simon Callow

Director: Mike Nichols

Summary: Carrie Fisher's scathing, hilarious and confessional novel -- adapted from her own best-seller about a woman (Meryl Streep) who becomes addicted to drugs while pursuing a Hollywood acting career -- makes a successful transition to the big screen. Shirley MacLaine enjoys her best role in years as Streep's self-absorbed mother, a faded movie queen who meddles in her daughter's affairs and doesn't believe time has passed her by.

My Thoughts: "How could you not want to see a film that has two great actresses as the leading ladies. Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine play mother and daughter, it doesn't get any better then this. They were both amazing in their roles of course. The film also has a very talented supporting cast, from Dennis Quaid to Gene Hackman and Richard Dreyfuss. Also a little cameo from Annette Bening. The film gives you a glimpse of the show biz world and what it was like for a daughter to not only grow up with a famous mother, but to also be in the spot light. The film has some great one-liners from Meryl's character Suzanne. It's funny in that dark comedy way. Which is exactly what this film is, a dark comedy. The relationship between mother and daughter is one of love and hate. The hate mostly coming from the daughter's end. The mother could be quite smothering at times. I thought it was a great film. One I wouldn't mind seeing again."


Super Reviewer

A cute little comedy with obvious influences from the inspiring book written by none other than Carrie Fisher. Her biting wit and Hollywood insight made for a highly original film. At the front of the cast is the amazing Meryl Streep who portrays another junkie looking for a reason to feel. The great Shirley Maclaine plays a loving caricature of Debbie Reynolds, the main drama in a film that badly needed it. It lacks a balance, but is entertaining.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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