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Fried Green Tomatoes Reviews

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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.
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Colette Maude
Time Out
June 24, 2006
More dizzying than the jumps between past and present is the speed with which consciousness-raised Evelyn swaps caricatures, evolving from Frump to Fighter.
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.
Cole Smithey
August 9, 2007
Please no.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
October 2, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
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.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
February 21, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 27, 2006
The picture is about gender politics and a legacy of communal repression that is itself too embarrassed to port over a nearly-platonic-anyway love story between two women.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
June 2, 2014
[A] clunky, fraudulent, yet apparently crowd-pleasing laugh-and-tear-jerker.
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
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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Fried Green Tomatoes is fairly predictable, and the flashback structure is a distraction, but the strength of the performances overcomes the problems of the structure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Fried Green Tomatoes is a thoroughly enjoyable movie-going experience, replete with laughter, tears, triumph, and tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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+
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
This dish turns out to be palatable, even enjoyable, though a little light for my taste.
Full Review | Original Score: high +1 out of -4..+4
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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 22, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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