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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

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77

Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 129
Fresh: 99 | Rotten: 30

This adaptation of a beloved novel charms with its heartwarming tale of friendship and young adulthood; realistic portrayals of the lives of teenage girls lend the comedy-drama sincerity, and may capture hearts outside the female-centric demographic.

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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 2

This adaptation of a beloved novel charms with its heartwarming tale of friendship and young adulthood; realistic portrayals of the lives of teenage girls lend the comedy-drama sincerity, and may capture hearts outside the female-centric demographic.

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Ann Brashares' best-selling novel for young adults comes to the big screen in this engaging comedy drama. Carmen (America Ferrera), Bridget (Blake Lively), Lena (Alexis Bledel), and Tibby (Amber Tamblyn) are four teenage girls who have been close friends since they were babies (and even before -- their mothers all knew each other from attending the same prenatal exercise class). However, fate has dictated that for the first time ever the young women will be spending their summer apart -- Carmen

PG,

Drama, Comedy

Delia Ephron, Elizabeth Chandler

Oct 11, 2005

$43.5M

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The film is filled with positive messages ...

December 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
New York Magazine
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The finale goes on and on, but the movie is nicely photographed and duly empowering, and should please the vast teen-girl audience for which it's intended.

June 2, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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The emotional story and fine acting are enough to make this a must-see movie for teen girls. The real surprise is that they can make a grown man cry.

June 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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It's heartening to see a movie about teenage girls that is concerned with serious questions and avoids the pettiness that filmmakers tend to ascribe to young women of that age.

June 1, 2005 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Kudos to a movie that encourages girls -- and everyone else -- to accept their bodies, to forgive their friends and family and to live their lives to the fullest.

June 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comment (1)
Toronto Star
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A sweet-natured journey not to a galaxy far, far away, but to someplace just as mysterious: the first tentative steps toward adulthood, taken here by four teenage girls.

June 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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It sounds like it should be incredibly trite, but it never really is, despite a few alarming dips into the waters of cliché. Strong performances from the four leads carry a well-crafted film along to its emotional but never quite poignant ending.

April 1, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Pop moviemaking aimed towards an underserved demographic, but one respects its approach in assuming its audience is at least intelligent and emotionally mature.

August 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Equal parts touching and corny, the film is a sentimental teen girl summer adventure that has enough genuine moments to rise above its familiar feeling of plain old recycled clothing.

May 24, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

For the most part, director Ken Kwapis and screenwriters Delia Ephron and Elizabeth Chandler (who adapted Ann Brashares' novel) keep things tart, dry-eyed and briskly moving.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Four friends on a quest to find something, only to realize that anything resembling an answer is to be found in the journey itself, in their friendships, and in themselves.

October 11, 2006
Christianity Today

Sisterhood is one of those rare teen movies that not only encapsulates the hazards of growing up but allows an adult audience to relate to and enjoy instead of endure.

December 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Makes my skin crawl. You?

December 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Sisterhood may not be much more than a story about girlfriends growing up, and it's not going to score any points for edginess, but it's entertaining in a low-key, non-threatening kind of way.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants is ideal for a mother-daughter or best-friends-forever cinema excursion, but it may not be the most satisfying two hours for the rest of the movie-going public.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The cinema has seen plenty of coming-of-age tales over the decades, but few are as sweet and well-constructed as this take on the popular Ann Brashares novel.

October 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

Call it something of a minor miracle that The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants has turned out so enormously enjoyable.

October 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

There is such confidence and loving direction in "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants."

October 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It's all a bit simplistic, but it's harmless enough and goes down smoothly. I rather enjoyed it.

October 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Four strong performances from four young actresses aside, there's nothing here that you haven't seen before, better, and with a lot more sincerity.

September 27, 2005 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

You may actually think it's going somewhere at the time. But ultimately, you realize it's only going through the motions.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Unashamedly aimed at its pre-teen target market, who will probably in all fairness, really enjoy it.

August 27, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

It sounds like a touchy-feely Gap commercial, but this fantastical premise jars with a refreshingly realistic look at girls making the tricky transition to womanhood.

August 23, 2005 Full Review Source: BBC

The cast lend a great deal of credibility to the material and director Ken Kwapis knows when to cut away from a scene when it carries the potential for shmaltz.

August 2, 2005 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

For all its good intentions, this Sisterhood is divine.

June 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Oregon Herald

Audience Reviews for The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Unfocussed and poorly scripted. Full review later.
October 7, 2011
TomBowler
Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

As good as the book!
June 23, 2011
murphmann93
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

This film is about the summer that four life long friends are separated for the first time. Before they went their separated ways they found a pair of pants that fit them all. The four friends decided as a group to use these pants as a way to keep in touch, when they are separated during the summer vacation. Each girl wears the pants for a week and sees what lucks the pants would bring. After the week the pants are pass on to the next girl. It has its own creative and humor. It is a good film that shows about true friendship and the trials of growing up. I think these must see for all women but guys may like this one. If u like a film that's shows true friendship or a teenaged chick-flick these film is worth a watch.
March 19, 2011
erika250
erika bruhns

Super Reviewer

    1. Tibby: She said that we were right all along and that the pants are magic and I don't know the details but I do know Lena; and for her to say that means... that it must be true. So I was thinking that maybe you could have them for a while.
    2. Bailey: They don't fit me, remember?
    3. Tibby: Yeah, I know, but that doesn't matter... none of it really matters... you have to take them, Bailey. Okay, you have to let them help you, please. I know that you're tired, okay, but you can't give up, the Pants will give you a miracle, you have to believe.
    4. Bailey: The Pants have already worked their magic on me. They brought me to you.
    – Submitted by Ric A (19 months ago)
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