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Postcards from the Edge (1990)



Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 1

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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


Drama, Comedy

Carrie Fisher

May 1, 2001

Columbia Pictures Corporation

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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (3) | DVD (8)

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

October 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

October 5, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Packs a fair amount of emotional wallop in its dark-hued comic take on a chemically dependent Hollywood mother and daughter.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Fisher's intelligence and humour turn what might have been movie brat indulgence into something much sharper and involving.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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''Postcards From the Edge'' is a vehicle, but it's a custom-built Rolls.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Streep gives the most fully articulated comic performance of her career, the one she's always hinted at and made us hope for.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Nichols' version of Carrie Fisher's memoir of a drug-addicted actress (well played by Meryl Streep), and her troubled bond with her famous mother (inspired by mom Debbie Reynolds) is sleek, shallow and sporadically entertaining.

March 19, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

A constant delight.

October 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4

Yet further proof that Hollywood makes its best films about what it knows best--making films in Hollywood.

October 5, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Meryl lets her hair down and it looks good in this Hollywood tell-all.

March 31, 2005
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Weak script but brilliant performances and moments of heart-twisting poignance and insight.

March 29, 2005
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Biting humour and terrific performances.

June 5, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

One of Streep's most likeable performances

June 19, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

Generally entertaining, but finally not all that effective.

February 2, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The older generation had it made. Drinking is legal.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Nichols' portrait of Tinseltown's addictions proves it's never too late for mothers and daughters to accept each other's imperfections and renegotiate their relationships.

January 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

An entertaining mishmash with witty dialogue and excellent performances from its high-profile cast - particularly Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine as a battling daughter and mother.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

There are a couple of nice dramatic scenes but not enough to salvage this self-pitying story.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

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.
June 11, 2013
Bathsheba Monk
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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."
May 3, 2011

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.
January 13, 2011

Super Reviewer

Unfocused film lingers between comedy and drama without ever really deciding where it should stand. Boring, talky and misleading, POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE stars Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep as mother and daughter Doris and Suzanne, respectively. As it's to be expected, both leads deliver great performances, although nothing really extraordinary. A brief appearance by Annette Bening is the highlight.
December 26, 2009
    1. Doris Mann: It twirled up!
    2. Suzanne Vale: That's a comedy... rule?
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