The Member of the Wedding (1952) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Member of the Wedding1952

The Member of the Wedding (1952)




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This film version of Carson McCullers' play tells the touching story of a 12-year-old tomboyish girl in Georgia who, as the result of the impending wedding of her older brother, recognizes that she has to start doing some growing up of her own.


Julie Harris
as Frankie Addams
Ethel Waters
as Bernice Sadie Brown
Brandon De Wilde
as John Henry
William Hansen
as Mr. Addams
James Edwards
as Honey Camden Brown
Harry Bolden
as T.T. Williams
Dickie Moore
as Soldier
Danny Mummert
as Barney MacKean
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Critic Reviews for The Member of the Wedding

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

The story is pleasantly enacted and the scenery and skiing are superb.

March 25, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Dull and droopy -- a stage transplant that didn't take.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

The Member of the Wedding is a lyrical experience; you have to feel its rhythm and emotion, not just the literal meaning of its language.

April 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Julie Harris earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, admittedly a tad too mannered and theatrical for my taste. The real acting fireworks come from the remarkable Ethel Waters.

June 25, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

An overly static adaptation of Carson McCullers' 1950 Broadway hit about the end of adolescence, saved by the playwright's dialogue.

November 1, 2007 | Full Review…

Zinnemann's evocation of painful childhood boasts lyrical dialogue from screipters Edna and Edward Anhalt, who altered very little of Carson McCuller's terrif book, first adapted to the stage in 1950.

December 27, 2006 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Member of the Wedding

The actors make the most of a rather plodding story. It is surprising that this film received all the honours that it did. It was behind its time.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


Some good acting by Ethel Waters in this slice of life and coming of age drama. The usually superior Julie Harris is shrill and annoying trying to be convincing as a 12 year old.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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