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Fried Green Tomatoes Reviews

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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
June 2, 2014
[A] clunky, fraudulent, yet apparently crowd-pleasing laugh-and-tear-jerker.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
June 2, 2014
It's a nice, pleasant celebration of friendship, but without much meat to chew on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
June 2, 2014
It doesn't quite have the courage to face its own implications and so leaves the story that follows in a kind of blur apt to offend no one but equally incapable of moving anyone.
Dennis King
Tulsa World
June 2, 2014
Fried Green Tomatoes is gosh-darned lovable, even if it does get downright sugary at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 2, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Freedman
Radio Times
June 2, 2014
Essentially a story about friendship between two pairs of women, then and now, it could be classified as an intelligent woman's picture, but this truly uplifting and gratifying movie can and should be enjoyed by all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 2, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
June 2, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

TV Guide
June 2, 2014
Fried Green Tomatoes is an engaging if sentimental tale, charmingly handled by producer-turned-director Jon Avnet and flawlessly acted by its four female stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 2, 2014
Fried Green Tomatoes is a cut above superficially similar 'women's pictures'.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
June 2, 2014
The fine performances and worthy themes are sold short. There are two films here, neither one of which is as fully developed as it could be.
Joanne Kaufman
People Magazine
June 2, 2014
The script plods. Tandy looks as though she'd rather be elsewhere. The desire is understandable.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
June 2, 2014
The characters are engaging, but the story is hackneyed and the filmmaking is dull.
Brian Orndorf
March 9, 2014
After all, it's not every day that one encounters a sensitive tale of sisterhood that also contains an element of cannibalism. For that alone, the movie deserves respect.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
The movie left me wishing its sterling cast -- including a radiant Jessica Tandy -- had been better served.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
Stirring, sizzling serving of female empowerment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
October 18, 2008
Tandy is at her sparkling best as the endearing old story-teller. Bates is also terrif in a funny and sympathetic turn. Director Jon Avnet, in his feature film debut, gets first-rate work from the featured performers.
Cole Smithey
August 9, 2007
Please no.
| Original Score: 2/5
Chuck O'Leary
August 29, 2006
An immensely likable, wonderfully-performed film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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