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While the cast is something to cheer about, Poms squanders its talented stars on a clichéd comedy that disrespects the demographic it's trying to celebrate.



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POMS is an uplifting comedy about Martha (played by Diane Keaton), a woman who moves into a retirement community and starts a cheerleading squad with her fellow residents, Sheryl (Jacki Weaver), Olive (Pam Grier) and Alice (Rhea Perlman), proving that it's never too late to follow your dreams.

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  • Director Zara Hayes, to her credit, mixes some dark humor and blistering social commentary into this otherwise frothy cocktail of pratfalls and platitudes.

    May 14, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Why worry about dying when you can spend your time dancing? Although "Poms" is an imperfect package, one can't help but take the message to heart.

    May 13, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The main cast does far better than the script in conveying both a sense of sisterhood, and the exquisite poignancy of the friendships that bloom as the end of life approaches.

    May 10, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Look, films need conflict, otherwise there's nothing for the characters to do. "Poms" never comes up with anything worthwhile to fight against, let alone cheer.

    May 9, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • Even by the elastic standards of mass-market escapist trifles the creators of POMS might consider the challenges of growing old and confronting death without infantilizing both characters and audience.

    May 9, 2019 | Full Review…

    Ella Taylor

    Top Critic
  • It's all as predictable as it is preposterous.

    May 9, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Top Critic

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