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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Reviews

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 9, 2005
The film is filled with positive messages ...
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
June 2, 2005
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.
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Scott Moore
Washington Post
June 1, 2005
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.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 1, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 1, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 1, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
June 1, 2005
The relationships and performances are strong and moving, with an effect both breezy-fun and profound.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 1, 2005
The more roles that go to the fresh, charming, untabloidy Pants cast, the better.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
June 1, 2005
Remarkably for a movie geared to teenage girls -- a market Hollywood typically panders to with glossy imitations of their lives -- The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants has no glaringly false moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
June 1, 2005
Sometimes it is only slightly more mature than your average vehicle for the Olsen twins.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
June 1, 2005
It's unfair to pigeonhole this meaningful human story in that genre, especially since it feels more real than some adult chick flicks. Besides, a good story is a good story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
June 1, 2005
It's warm, endearing, upbeat and fast-moving. It presents likable, goofy characters who confront adult issues that teens often face.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 1, 2005
Working from a deft script by Delia Ephron, director Ken Kwapis labors hard so that guys won't cringe (too much) as four teen girls, of different body types, pass along the same pair of lucky jeans during a summer of love and loss.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 1, 2005
Temperamentally, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is like the Beatles, with jeans. Cinematically, it is like the Ya-Yas, with Livestrong bracelets.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
June 1, 2005
May be somewhat predictable, but it fits the needs of its young audience like a glove. Or a pair of magic jeans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 1, 2005
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants plays to everybody's inner weepy teenage girl. And that's not such a bad thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
June 1, 2005
It's the girly equivalent of a midsummer Bruckheimer extravaganza -- a roller-coaster ride to the edge of total (emotional, natch) devastation that makes the happy ending that much more reassuring and cozy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 1, 2005
What could have turned into a featherweight teenybopper movie matures into a lot more.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 1, 2005
This is a movie about girls made for girls (and perhaps the occasional trusted mother or aunt). It doesn't care if not everyone likes it, and it's not about to change itself drastically in hopes that they do.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
June 1, 2005
For the legions of fans of the book, this movie is one-size-fits-all. The rest of us will have to keep shopping.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 1, 2005
The young ladies all perform well, the script is like a well-built tear-duct milking machine, and parents should be pleased their kids are going to see such well-intentioned drivel instead of the mean-spirited drivel that's far more prevalent.
| Original Score: B-
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Dana Stevens
New York Times
June 1, 2005
Like the four teenage girls at its center, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants makes up in charm what it lacks in sophistication.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 1, 2005
A modest but moving movie that that does a better job engaging issues than many of its adult counterparts.
| Original Score: B
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 1, 2005
In a season of overhyped blockbusters, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a genuine sleeper that deserves to find an audience.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 1, 2005
The real backbone of Sisterhood comes from the actresses playing the friends, and the fifth-wheel surprise of Jenna Boyd.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
June 1, 2005
Ken Kwapis and his exquisitely cast young ensemble preserve the essence of the tale about girls whose friendship is bigger than their differences.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 1, 2005
Anyone looking for a solid, unpretentious, entertaining film with some important messages could do a lot worse than this saga of girls gone wise.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 1, 2005
That rare meal both adolescent girls and their mothers will be able to agree on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
June 1, 2005
To paraphrase Chris Rock, nobody had me in mind when they made this movie.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
May 31, 2005
Sticking fairly close to the 2001 novel, co-scenarists Delia Ephron and Elizabeth Chandler preserve its strengths as a complex adolescent soap operasoap opera leavened by humor, warmth and empathy.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
May 31, 2005
Director Ken Kwapis coaxes convincing performances out of his youthful cast.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 31, 2005
This Sisterhood is real pleasure, a big-hearted movie where a group of gifted actresses find opportunities most younger movie stars can only dream about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ed Park
Village Voice
May 31, 2005
The multiple story lines can feel choppy, but the dialogue has snap, and the pants' powers never distract from the teenagers' emotions.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 26, 2005
I am unquestionably not a member of the target demographic for Ken Kwapis' The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but that didn't prevent me from enjoying it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 24, 2005
This is an earnest and honest effort about a demographic that is deeply under-represented in today's movies.