Riding in Cars With Boys Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 19, 2001
The fault is in a script that can't figure out how to compress 20 years and in a director who always goes for the laugh instead of the truth.
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
March 4, 2002
One can't stop wondering what trip this pandering seriocomedic drama is on...a self-pitying or egocentric one?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
October 19, 2001
There's the core of a good, tough movie lost under Marshall's self-indulgence.
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
October 18, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 21, 2001
"Riding in Cars with Boys" has its moments along the way, but it sputters and stalls before completing its journey.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
March 5, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 18, 2001
It's never more than a random collection of moments that never pull together.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
October 18, 2001
Feels both forced and erratic, like an old Buick missing on all cylinders.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2001
Marshall's film, hobbled by a miscalculated and often superficial script by Morgan Upton Ward, is mostly a wasted opportunity.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 18, 2001
Marshall ... regularly downshifts the anger in Riding in Cars to low-gear cute every time the road gets good and tough.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
October 19, 2001
You can see how hard it works from top to bottom. But it never quite gets what it wants.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 19, 2001
There's a sort of Hallmark tyranny at work.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 29, 2001
The rough edges of Donofrio's life are either ignored or smoothed away, replaced by broad laughs and easy sentiment.
Robert Wilonsky
New Times
October 18, 2001
Barrymore appears in nearly every frame ... she seizes the film and doesn't let go, to the point of strangling it to death.
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October 18, 2001
Left a lot of the book's plot on the cutting-room floor in the transition from the page to the screen.
James O'Ehley
Movie Gurus
November 14, 2003
We've suffered through worse chick flicks throughout the years . . .
Sean O'Connell
Eclipse Magazine
October 18, 2001
Lost in a void between rendering tears of joy and tears of laughter.
Jim Judy
Screen It!
October 19, 2001
Riding in Cars With Boys might move around a lot, but it isn't quite as fun a trip as it initially appears it will be.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
November 12, 2001
Penny Marshall is certainly not the right filmmaker for this material--at least if you'd like it to be something more than a trite tearjerker.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
October 19, 2001
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 14, 2002
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Robert Koehler
Variety
October 16, 2008
J. V. McAuley
Zap2it.com
February 25, 2004
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
October 23, 2001
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
October 30, 2001
Alexander Walker
This is London
December 15, 2003
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 20, 2001

Irish Times
December 8, 2001

Guardian
December 9, 2001

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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Ebert & Roeper
November 22, 2002
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