Georgia Rule Reviews

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May 10, 2007
Minow rule: If Hector Elizondo barely makes an appearance in a Garry Marshall film, watch out. If the only place Marshall can find for him is a few seconds on screen as a character with a funny name, the movie is in trouble.
May 10, 2007
With a different tone -- or in different hands -- its dark and light elements might have managed to coexist rather than vie so awkwardly for attention.
May 10, 2007
It's Fonda who represents the movie's real lost opportunity. Now that she's back, which filmmaker is going to win the prize for figuring out how to put her gifts, and her looks, to use?
May 10, 2007
The American public likes nothing better than a tragedy with a happy ending, William Dean Howells observed. But Marshall so cautiously downplays the tragic elements of his plot that the sweetness and light left a sour taste in my mouth.
May 10, 2007
Well-acted, sometimes amusing but flat-out tone-deaf.
May 10, 2007
It's the kind of small-town movie that looks as if it was made by people who never set foot outside Hollywood.
May 10, 2007
Director Garry Marshall's comedy-drama suffers from an unfortunate role reversal. The comedy is stunningly unfunny, while the drama is sometimes disturbingly funny.
May 10, 2007
Georgia Rule, directed by Garry Marshall from a script by Mark Andrus, swerves and spins, taking its predictable plot in some surprising directions.
May 10, 2007
Maybe Georgia Rule should be required viewing for Paris Hilton during her term in the slammer. But not for us.
May 10, 2007
If there was ever a film project that deserved sabotaging, this is it.
May 10, 2007
Three noisy women and a worn-out premise rattle around in Georgia Rule, an incoherent dramedy of rampant parental insufficiency from director Garry Marshall.
May 10, 2007
Combines battleship actresses of the Steel Magnolias variety, fall-down-go-boom comedy that was obsolete in the '30s, Lindsay Lohan's cleavage and intergenerational fondling just for kicks.
May 10, 2007
With this film's top-notch acting ensemble, Georgia Rule has the sad taint of what might have been.
May 10, 2007
It's the sort of you'll-laugh-you'll-cry drivel that's so beneath its talented cast you have to wonder how everyone ended up here -- sort of like Custer and his Last Stand.
May 9, 2007
Lohan hits a true note of spiteful princess narcissism. Unfortunately, it's the only note the film allows her to play.
May 8, 2007
The subject matter is grim, the relationships are gnarled, the worldview is bleak, and, at any given moment, you suspect someone's going to be hit with a pie.
May 8, 2007
This strained dramedy falls well outside of the director's comfort level.
May 8, 2007
In the end, it's just another concoction of unbelievable characters doing unbelievable things, and telling us nothing we haven't heard before.
May 8, 2007
So facile that it posits "I love you" as the quick-fix remedy for its characters' myriad, deeply rooted grievances.
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