There's not much depth here, but Nichols does a fine job with the surface effects, and the wisecracks keep coming.
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.
Packs a fair amount of emotional wallop in its dark-hued comic take on a chemically dependent Hollywood mother and daughter.
Fisher's intelligence and humour turn what might have been movie brat indulgence into something much sharper and involving.
''Postcards From the Edge'' is a vehicle, but it's a custom-built Rolls.
| Original Score: 4/5
Streep gives the most fully articulated comic performance of her career, the one she's always hinted at and made us hope for.
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.
"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.
| Original Score: 3/4
For the first time in years, [Streep] lives a role instead of ''acting'' it - and in doing so, she becomes more of an actress than ever.
| Original Score: A-