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Fried Green Tomatoes Reviews

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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
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

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'.
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.
Chuck O'Leary
August 29, 2006
An immensely likable, wonderfully-performed film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Emanuel Levy
June 1, 2006
An enjoyable if sentimental chic flick that sanitizes Flagg's novel in two major respects, glossing over the lesbian relationship between Mary Louise Parker and Mary Stuart Masterson and underplaying the blatant racism in the trail of a black man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 21, 2006
There's just enough human feeling here to make it transcend the feel--good chick-flick genre.
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
December 27, 2004
Memorable ensemble, dead-on dialogue.
| Original Score: 5/5
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
February 12, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
October 27, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 18, 2003
A wonderful cinematic valentine to the life-enhancing and soul-stirring powers of friendship.
Greg Muskewitz
July 11, 2003
Bates and Tandy shine in what is essentially an extended flashback with the occasional present day bookends.
| Original Score: 3/5
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