Terms of Endearment Reviews

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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
February 22, 2015
It takes all of perhaps five minutes to fall in love with the leading characters in Terms of Endearment and from that point on, the audience is just putty in the extremely capable hands of writer-director James L. Brooks.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 18, 2013
Terms of Endearment is about three relationships and students of screenwriting would do well to study the way in which these three stories are told completely and effortlessly in a movie of average length.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
February 20, 2009
Its quirky rhythms and veering emotional tones are very much its own, and they owe less to movie tradition than they do to a sense of how the law of unintended consequences pushes us ceaselessly through the years, permitting no pause for perspective.
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James Harwood
Variety
February 20, 2008
Brooks' dialog is wonderful throughout and all the characters carry off their assignments beautifully, even down to Danny De Vito and Norman Bennett as MacLaine's other suffering suitors.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 17, 2006
[Writer-director James L. Brooks] has television in his soul: his people are incredibly tiny (most are defined by a single stroke of obsessive behavior), and he chokes out his narrative in ten-minute chunks, separated by aching lacunae.
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David Pirie
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Then The Illness strikes, and the film changes gear completely, pulling out all the stops and almost incidentally delivering one of the best-acted, most moving death-bed scenes in recent memory.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
The most remarkable achievement of Terms of Endearment, which is filled with great achievements, is its ability to find the balance between the funny and the sad, between moments of deep truth and other moments of high ridiculousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A funny, touching, beautifully acted film that covers more territory than it can easily manage.