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Thelma & Louise (1991)

Thelma & Louise

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 65
Fresh: 54
Rotten: 11

Critics Consensus: Simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and peppered with action, Ridley Scott's Thelma & Louise is a potent, well-acted road movie that transcends the feminist message at its core.

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 17
Fresh: 13
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: Simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and peppered with action, Ridley Scott's Thelma & Louise is a potent, well-acted road movie that transcends the feminist message at its core.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 168,343

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Movie Info

Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon play Thelma and Louise, two working-class friends who together have planned a weekend getaway from the men in their lives. Thelma's husband, Darryl (Chris McDonald), is an overbearing oaf, and Louise's boyfriend, Jimmy (Michael Madsen), simply will not commit. Though the road trip starts out as a good time, the pair eventually wind up at a bar. A tipsy Thelma ends up in the parking lot of the bar with a would-be rapist. Louise shoots the man dead. The two decide … More

Rating:
R
Genre:
Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Callie Khouri
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Feb 4, 2003
Runtime:
MGM


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Critic Reviews for Thelma & Louise

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (54) | Rotten (11) | DVD (31)

This unexpected delight, which travels at top speed from the doldrums to the Grand Canyon, is moreover blessed with two high-octane performances.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

There are plenty of great one-liners in Callie Khouri's script, and cinematographer Adrian Biddle never fails to give viewers an eye full -- even when it's a ridiculous eye full.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The feminist justification that the script provides for the heroines' behavior doesn't make their actions any less preposterous. But you can recognize the crudeness of the movie's narrative devices and still have an awfully good time.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Thelma & Louise isn't only a movie, it's also a journey. In some dark night of your distant past, you might once have dreamed about taking it.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

If the only way a woman can light up the screen these days is with a .38-caliber pistol, isn't that just another form of subordination?

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Are we so starved for "strong" women's roles that this revenge, and the pell-mell, lunatic flight that follows, fits anyone's definition of strength, or even more peculiarly, of neo-feminism?

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The best thing that Ridley Scott ever directed that didn't take place in an impressively designed industrial future.

Full Review… | July 13, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

An enduring classic radically redefining women in movies - or at least some of them. And should finally put to rest the intended ending as not self-obliteration, but a burst of magical realism in flight 'out of this world and into the mass unconscious.'

Full Review… | March 21, 2014
WBAI Radio

If director Scott intended to picture a growing sense of female triumph, he failed miserably.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Thelma & Louise has its own ending. It may be as questionable as the rest of the picture, but at least you know it wasn't spliced on by some guy in marketing.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
Philadelphia Daily News

Female empowerment and gorgeous vistas from Ridley Scott,

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
Total Film

Any movie that went as far out of its way to trash women as this female chauvinist sow of a film does to trash men would be universally, and justifiably, condemned.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
People Magazine

The two lead characters, played by Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, are appealing at start but become tiresome as they move along.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
Baltimore Sun

In creating the characters Thelma and Louise for this hugely entertaining and controversial road movie, Oscar-winning scriptwriter Callie Khouri put women in the driving seat for the first time.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
Radio Times

Loyalty and friendship between two women who discover beauty, lust, and the wonder of the road is at the heart of "Thelma & Louise."

Full Review… | August 31, 2012
ColeSmithey.com

A film about the type of women's liberation that I despise.

Full Review… | August 18, 2012
Cinema Crazed

Thelma & Louise encounter representatives of different types of maleness from barroom skirt chaser and leering truck driver to the swaggering young hustler (a star-is-born Brad Pitt) who delivers Thelma's sexual awakening and steals the pair's cash.

Full Review… | February 13, 2012
Movie Talk

An exciting slice of action cinema, a poignant drama, a snarky southern-fried comedy and a knockout road picture.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
IGN DVD

Audience Reviews for Thelma & Louise

The classic female buddy movie. A movie that shot its stars to fame in a hurry.

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John Manard

Super Reviewer

It's actresses such as Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon that inject likability, even if their actions are far from agreeable and their moral standards far from admirable. It's not the actresses themselves that give the film its witty spark, but how they so profoundly develop their characters from first-timer Callie Khouri's Oscar-winning screenplay. These two gals are implausibly ruthless and bold; stunningly enough, the noteworthy feminist quality of the story itself is never stepped down by the typical "you go, girl" corn. There's also a fabulous amount of style, only adding even more atmosphere to the film: Thelma and Louise's road trip is highlighted by dozens of memorable tunes that deliver a sense of their personalities.

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Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer

Most certainly not an under done chick flick. It's premise suggests ultra feminism and typically mean hearted humour but Thelma and Louise is actually intelligent, entertaining, gripping and ambitious to challenge one's emotions.

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Thelma Dickinson and Louise Sawyer are best friends who are both unhappy with their lives. Thelma is married to Darryl (Christopher McDonald), who treats her like crap and never lets her do the things that she wants to do. Louise has a boyfriend, Jimmy Lenox (Michael Madsen), who loves her but refuses to marry her. They set off on a grand adventure that starts off nice and pleasant until Louise shoots Harlan Puckett (Timothy Carhart), a major douchebag asshole that sexually assaults Thelma when shes drunk. They drive off, claiming that they will try to get to Mexico. Along the way they pick up thief-drifter, J.D. (Brad Pitt), who steals their money and takes off. Then, to get money for things, Thelma robs a bank, so now they could possibly be charged with armed robbery. Basically, in classy terms, this pair is the female equivalent of Bonnie & Clyde, two outlaws having fun while finding a side of themselves that they never knew quite existed. Great, and fun story line. A movie that you'll want to watch again and again, just for the pure and high racing fun of this movie.

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Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

Thelma & Louise Quotes


Lena the Waitress:
Neither one of the girls murderin' type, Hal!
– Submitted by Alyssa B (5 months ago)
Louise Sawyer:
Is he your husband or your father?
– Submitted by Alyssa B (5 months ago)
Max:
If she calls, just be gentle, you know? Like you're really happy to hear from her. Like you miss her. Women love that shit.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (5 months ago)
J.D.:
Well, I've always believed that if done properly, armed robbery doesn't have to be an unpleasant experience.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (5 months ago)
Louise Sawyer:
In the future, when a woman is cryin' like that, she isn't havin' any fun.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (5 months ago)
Louise Sawyer:
You finally got laid properly, I'm so proud.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (5 months ago)

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