Stylish but shallow melodrama, based on McMillan's best-seller.
| Original Score: B-
Whitney Houston's alleged dramatic acting and dull, uninvolving storyline weighs down the virtues of the film.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Offers a winning portrait of sassy black sister solidarity.
There are some humorous observations, irrefutable truths and good performances that make this movie worthwhile to those in a man-bashing mindframe.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Is there a woman alive who hasn't demanded an explanation from the Almighty about the losers that she keeps getting?
Never escapes the queasy aura of Melrose Place: just another story about beautiful people with small problems.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Four main female characters trudging through a movie's worth of similar repeated blunders adds up to one scary truckload of drama.
You want the movie to stomp and rejoice and cry like a fool; instead it meanders and lollygags, occasionally flaring up, then sputtering again.
| Original Score: 2/4
When Robin asks, 'Don't we hear this on Sally and Oprah every day?' you may be inclined to agree.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
With one possible exception, none of its women is at all likable.
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.
It is a two-hour music video, Houston is pretty but dull, and the dynamo Bassett has been better elsewhere.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
With the exception of Bernadine, I never felt anything for the women populating this film, as they failed to capture my interest or sympathy.
Whitaker clumsily mishandles what should be a 'you go, girl!' tour de force.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
This sister-celebratory adaptation of Terry McMillan's best-selling book is frequently delightful.
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.
| Original Score: 3/4