Postcards from the Edge Reviews

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Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
There are a couple of nice dramatic scenes but not enough to salvage this self-pitying story.
Full Review | Original Score: high 0 out of -4..+4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 21, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
"Postcards from the Edge" contains too much good writing and too many good performances to be a failure, but its heart is not in the right place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
March 29, 2005
Weak script but brilliant performances and moments of heart-twisting poignance and insight.
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
July 31, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas Mercury
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 5, 2011
There's not much depth here, but Nichols does a fine job with the surface effects, and the wisecracks keep coming.
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Packs a fair amount of emotional wallop in its dark-hued comic take on a chemically dependent Hollywood mother and daughter.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Fisher's intelligence and humour turn what might have been movie brat indulgence into something much sharper and involving.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
February 28, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 15, 2002
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.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
November 13, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 5, 2004
Biting humour and terrific performances.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 5, 2011
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.
Nicolas Lacroix
January 18, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
June 19, 2003
One of Streep's most likeable performances
| Original Score: 4/5
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
March 31, 2005
Meryl lets her hair down and it looks good in this Hollywood tell-all.
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 2, 2003
Generally entertaining, but finally not all that effective.
| Original Score: 3/5
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