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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is more melodramatic than emotionally truthful, and uneven in its mixture of time periods, actresses, laughter and tears. Read critic reviews

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A classic Southern tale of hilarious sadness set in a sleepy Louisiana parish. A group of lifelong friends stage a rather unorthodox intervention to help a young playwright unravel the truth about her complicated, eccentric mother, find forgiveness and acceptance, and let go of her painful past.

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Critic Reviews for Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

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  • The Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood was a little ahead of its time... it dreamed big, floundered and eventually petered out, making way for better versions of itself. But that doesn't mean it wasn't important.

    June 3, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Chick flick for mom; teens may not enjoy it.

    December 22, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • While there are pleasures to be had from watching so many grand actresses strut their stuff, the fact is that the overriding preoccupation here rests with surface impressions rather than psychological probity.

    September 5, 2008
  • Better make the most of the first ten minutes of this execrable melodrama (directed by the scriptwriter of Thelma & Louise), because from then on it's the yackety-yack sisterhood in spades.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • What have we done to deserve this treacly, badly-acted nonsense? Whose children have we run over in a previous life?

    October 2, 2002 | Full Review…
  • The result is far from convincing -- though its sentimental melodrama may appeal to women of a certain age who are looking for an alternative to bingo.

    September 9, 2002 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

  • Nov 23, 2008
    Very cute. Reminds me of my sisters.
    Mila L Super Reviewer
  • Jan 31, 2008
    Maggie Smith has a southern accent. I watched it for that and that's why it gets a star.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2007
    this was a waste of time. it was well acted, but it was one of the slowest moving films i have ever seen.
    danny d Super Reviewer
  • Aug 07, 2007
    Grab your tissues and send the guys away just as well this is utter pants :P
    Alexander C Super Reviewer

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