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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Chick flick for mom; teens may not enjoy it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Sandra Bullock is great as Siddalee Walker, the angry and disgruntled woman who has a cross to bear with her mother and often exhibits the corky odd traits her mother does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Todd McCarthy
September 5, 2008
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.
Rob Gonsalves
July 30, 2007
I heard something in the audience for Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood I don't hear often any more: the sound of middle-aged women laughing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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.
John Venable
December 31, 2005
...if you plan on having a man watch this film with you, do him a favor...and don't.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Michael Dequina
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Seeing the film, my initial, gut perception of those who form real life Ya-Ya Sisterhoods stands: these are women with way too much time on their hands.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
There are some truly great actresses in this movie, but nearly all of them are wasted playing caricatures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Susan Michals
February 1, 2004
Though [Khouri] has an obvious flair for exploring the inner workings of the female mind, she unfortunately glosses over a pinnacle moment in the story and inevitably lets the viewer down.
Michael Dequina
January 12, 2004
That such strong, capable women are called on to carry a film as shoddy as Ya-Ya in front of and from behind the camera is hardly progress.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 25, 2003
A tal irmandade Ya-Ya é de uma bobagem extremada, e o roteiro tem buracos incríveis, deixando de lado vários pontos sobre os irmãos de Burstyn e Bullock, que são mencionados, mas nunca vistos.
| Original Score: 2/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
July 9, 2003
...it becomes clear that these two hours would be better spent reflecting on our own treasured memories than getting confused by this group's sordid past.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
...Mostly a load of pretentious crap, but it has its moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Since, at least as relates to its central plot, Ya-Ya cheerleads for the pure life-living gusto of its gaudy heroines, some spirited overacting and slathery screenwriting is less a liability than a guilty pleasure the movie is wholly in on.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Terri Clark
Apollo Guide
December 16, 2002
It is the actresses' irreproachable ability to tap into the feminine psyche, to capture the beauty of female friendships and to demonstrate the complex love and loathe relationship often found between mothers and daughters that elevates this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 74/100
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Cross-generational mother-daughter drama is a little familiar, but it'll still warm your heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
October 30, 2002
Well-made, but frequently boring and predictable drama -- a couple of decent performances but the climax doesn't work and it's all been done better elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
With an assist from screenwriter Mark Andrus, and judicious borrowing from the follow-up novel Little Altars Everywhere, Ms. Khouri has tamed Rebecca Wells' sprawling narrative without sacrificing its emotional riches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 6, 2002
For all the quirky behaviour on display, there is still no personality, merely 'issues', their resolutions and a lot of frickin' ya-yas.
| Original Score: 1/4
Peter Bradshaw
October 2, 2002
What have we done to deserve this treacly, badly-acted nonsense? Whose children have we run over in a previous life?
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