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The Prince of Tides (1991)

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78

Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 2

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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Barbra Streisand directed and stars in this love story about two people of dissimilar backgrounds who form a connection based on their unhappy experiences. Adapted from the novel by Pat Conroy, the story concerns Tom Wingo (Nick Nolte), a rudderless, unemployed football coach. Stuck in a loveless marriage with a wife (Blythe Danner) who feels nothing for him, and unable to move forward with his life, he is suddenly jarred out of his lethargy when he travels to New York because his twin sister

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Drama, Romance

Nov 6, 2001

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (30) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (8) | DVD (5)

The results may seem overripe and dated in spots, but she coaxes a fine performance out of Nolte, and the other actors (herself included) acquit themselves honorably.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A deeply moving exploration of the tangled emotions of a dysfunctional Southern family, this lovingly crafted (though unevenly scripted) film of Pat Conroy's novel centers on Nick Nolte's performance of a lifetime.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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They do make 'em like it any more.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The Prince of Tides marks Ms. Streisand's triumphantly good job of locating that story's salient elements and making them come alive on the screen.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Streisand hyperbolizes everything, from James Newton Howard's whackingly obtrusive score to Nick Nolte's overripe narration.

May 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone
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An assured and very serious love story that allows neither humor nor romance to get in the way of its deeper and darker subject.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Directed with loving care by Barbra Streisand, this adaptation of the best-seller also boasts a serious flaw: Streisand herself.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Graced with fine performances and commendably biting off more than it can ever hope to chew, The Prince Of Tides is a rare slice of romantic moviemaking for all those grown-ups feeling ignored since Kramer Vs. Kramer last rattled their value systems.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Self-indulgent, soap opera nonsense.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

As director, Streisand shows compassion for Pat Controy's Southern Gothic novel, and the film works better as a study of troubled childhood and male menopause than as romance between psychiatrist (poorly played by Streisand) and Nick Nolte as her patient

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Pretty good romantic soap...except for Streisand's talons.

August 27, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Nolte's terrific performance isn't enough to save this sappy, painfully phony piece of psychobabble.

June 16, 2003 | Comment (1)
Nitrate Online

The musical score of the film is somewhat overbearing, but most other production values, such as editing, script-writing and direction are above average.

March 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Babs and Noltes at their best

September 17, 2002 | Comment (1)
Moviehole

Streisand's been in front of cameras so long she's thinks of them as mirrors. Luckily she has a good eye and it, more often than not, has the ability to look straight to the soul.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Nolte is so good, if he doesn't win at least an Oscar nomination as best actor, it will be to the Academy's shame.

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

Audience Reviews for The Prince of Tides

When a man's sister attempts suicide, he moves to New York and consults with her therapist with whom he begins an affair.
Nick Nolte is a remarkable actor who has given some impassioned and compelling performances throughout his career, but The Prince of Tides is an exception. The restraints that a more seasoned director would've given Nolte would've helped him because this is a performance in which Nolte plays willy-nilly without a clear plan for his character or a clear character arc. It's acting without story-telling. Babs is there to a spectator and can't match or restrain her costar.
What is more, the story is weak. The reveals about the Wingos' childhood traumas surprise no one, and while I can suspend my disbelief about a lot of things, it's difficult to imagine any self-respecting therapist relying so heavily on a family member to treat her patient.
Overall, Streisand can do a lot of things, but I don't think directing actors is one of them.
May 2, 2014
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Jim Hunter

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This is a character driven movie with some really messed up characters. The movie is a little slow for my tastes and I really didn't go for the pairing of the two main people.
There is a flashback scene that is pretty violent and racy that made me a little uncomfortable but it's important to the state of mind that the main character finds himself in so it's not something that you can leave out.
December 5, 2007
superclerk25

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Tom (Nick Nolte) moves from Atlanta to New York to help his twin sister (Savannah). Savannah's psychiatrist, Lowenstein (Barbra Streisand.) asks Tom to be his sister's memory. There is good reason that Tom and Savannah cannot remember their childhood.

Nick Nolte's acting and Barbra Steisand's directing are pretty good in this film.
August 29, 2007
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    1. Herbert Woodruff: Darling, where's your sense of humor?
    – Submitted by Cindy B (2 years ago)
    1. Tom Wingo: Yoohoo Herbert! Southern boy got holda ya fiddle!
    – Submitted by Christine B (2 years ago)
    1. Dr. Susan Lowenstein: I gotta find me a nice Jewish boy. You guys are killin' me.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
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