• R, 2 hr. 3 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Forest Whitaker
    In Theaters:
    Dec 22, 1995 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 6, 2001
  • Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


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Waiting to Exhale Reviews

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Emanuel Levy

Stylish but shallow melodrama, based on McMillan's best-seller.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B-

September 19, 2006
Michael Dequina

Whitney Houston's alleged dramatic acting and dull, uninvolving storyline weighs down the virtues of the film.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 21, 2004
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Offers a winning portrait of sassy black sister solidarity.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

August 29, 2002
Christine James
Boxoffice Magazine

There are some humorous observations, irrefutable truths and good performances that make this movie worthwhile to those in a man-bashing mindframe.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 5, 2002
Leslie Rigoulot
Film Scouts

Is there a woman alive who hasn't demanded an explanation from the Almighty about the losers that she keeps getting?

Full Review Source: Film Scouts

April 17, 2002
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Never escapes the queasy aura of Melrose Place: just another story about beautiful people with small problems.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail

April 12, 2002
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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A pleasant if undemanding piece of work that is diverting to sit through though it won't stand up to any kind of rigorous examination.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 13, 2001
Barry Walters
San Francisco Examiner

Four main female characters trudging through a movie's worth of similar repeated blunders adds up to one scary truckload of drama.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner

January 1, 2000
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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You want the movie to stomp and rejoice and cry like a fool; instead it meanders and lollygags, occasionally flaring up, then sputtering again.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

When Robin asks, 'Don't we hear this on Sally and Oprah every day?' you may be inclined to agree.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

With one possible exception, none of its women is at all likable.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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For all the pleasure there is in seeing effective, great-looking black women grappling with major life issues on screen, Waiting to Exhale is an uneven piece.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

It is a two-hour music video, Houston is pretty but dull, and the dynamo Bassett has been better elsewhere.

| Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
Joan Walsh
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The male-bashing taken to an extreme in Waiting to Exhale is starting to seem a little like crack for the female psyche, exhilarating in the short term but ultimately crippling and dangerous.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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With the exception of Bernadine, I never felt anything for the women populating this film, as they failed to capture my interest or sympathy.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
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Whitaker clumsily mishandles what should be a 'you go, girl!' tour de force.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Madeleine Williams

Overall, the film never quite hints at answers or even much comprehension of the problems, but it should fit the bill for those looking for empathic communion, or those simply wanting to bash men.

Full Review Source: Cinematter | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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This sister-celebratory adaptation of Terry McMillan's best-selling book is frequently delightful.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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An escapist fantasy that women in the audience can enjoy by musing, 'I wish I had her problems' - and her car, house, wardrobe, figure and men, even wrong men.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Monica Hayde
Palo Alto Weekly

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 20, 2003
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