Fried Green Tomatoes

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Fried Green Tomatoes' tearjerking drama is undeniably manipulative, but in the hands of a skilled cast that includes Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates, it's also powerfully effective.

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On one of trapped housewife Evelyn Couch's (Kathy Bates) Wednesday nursing home visits, she encounters Ninny Threadgoode (Jessica Tandy), a colorful old woman who brightens Evelyn's outlook by sharing tales from her past. As Ninny recounts the exploits of her free-spirited sister-in-law Idgie (Mary Stuart Masterson), owner of a small Alabama café in the 1920s, and the bond Idgie shared with her friend Ruth (Mary-Louise Parker), Evelyn gains the confidence to change her own life for the better.

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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (11)

  • [A] clunky, fraudulent, yet apparently crowd-pleasing laugh-and-tear-jerker.

    June 2, 2014
  • When a group of actors this gifted and lively tries so good-naturedly to deliver such an obvious message, the audience is left in the position of trying to stop a tidal wave. You may hate yourself for responding, but you're smothered before you know it.

    June 2, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Directed and co-written by first-timer Jon Avnet, the episodic production manages to capture the fried-tomato flavor of the deep South without becoming too pushy or patronizing about it.

    June 2, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Fried Green Tomatoes is a case of a film acted with such skill and conviction that glaring problems of narrative, pace and structure seem like minor slips.

    June 2, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie never quite shakes its stiff, studied feel, just as the town of Whistle Stop never stops seeming the quaint creation of an art director.

    June 2, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie left me wishing its sterling cast -- including a radiant Jessica Tandy -- had been better served.

    September 7, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fried Green Tomatoes

  • Feb 05, 2012
    Always love a good southern movie, and well done coming of age drama
    Jason O Super Reviewer
  • Jul 30, 2011
    A wonderfully told story of female empowerment, anti-racism, love, and independence.
    Matt P Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2010
    Full of southern charm and heart. A movie about friendship and how it shapes our lives. It's a classic and so good, but the director's cut is a little long.
    Alexis N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2010
    Another tale of the Southern woman, so spicy and headstrong that she ends up in multiple adventures including murder, love affairs, and the ultimate threat of betrayal between best friends. Friendship, the cornerstone to this feel good film, is the building block that parallels relationships of the past with the present state of wild eyed homemaker Kathy Bates, whose performance is both realistic, heart warming, and darn impressive. Accolades are worth throwing around for this love fest.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer

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