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Thelma & Louise

Thelma & Louise (1991)

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83

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

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.

76

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

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.

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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

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Callie Khouri

Feb 4, 2003

MGM

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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.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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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.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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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.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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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.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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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?

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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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?

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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The best thing that Ridley Scott ever directed that didn't take place in an impressively designed industrial future.

July 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
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.'

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: WBAI Radio
WBAI Radio

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

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Female empowerment and gorgeous vistas from Ridley Scott,

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
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.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

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

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
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.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
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."

August 31, 2012 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

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

August 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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.

February 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

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

March 23, 2011 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
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Audience Reviews for Thelma & Louise

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.
November 1, 2012
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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.
December 8, 2011
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    1. Lena the Waitress: Neither one of the girls murderin' type, Hal!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Louise Sawyer: Is he your husband or your father?
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. 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 (4 months ago)
    1. 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 (4 months ago)
    1. Louise Sawyer: In the future, when a woman is cryin' like that, she isn't havin' any fun.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Louise Sawyer: You finally got laid properly, I'm so proud.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
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