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Postcards from the Edge Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
March 19, 2012
Nichols' version of Carrie Fisher's memoir of a drug-addicted actress (well played by Meryl Streep), and her troubled bond with her famous mother (inspired by mom Debbie Reynolds) is sleek, shallow and sporadically entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 5, 2011
There's not much depth here, but Nichols does a fine job with the surface effects, and the wisecracks keep coming.

October 5, 2011
A constant delight.

TV Guide
October 5, 2011
Yet further proof that Hollywood makes its best films about what it knows best--making films in Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 5, 2011
In this era of postverbal cinema, Postcards proves that movie dialogue can still carry the sting, heft and meaning of the finest old romantic comedy.
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Packs a fair amount of emotional wallop in its dark-hued comic take on a chemically dependent Hollywood mother and daughter.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Fisher's intelligence and humour turn what might have been movie brat indulgence into something much sharper and involving.
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
March 31, 2005
Meryl lets her hair down and it looks good in this Hollywood tell-all.
| Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
March 29, 2005
Weak script but brilliant performances and moments of heart-twisting poignance and insight.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 5, 2004
Biting humour and terrific performances.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
June 19, 2003
One of Streep's most likeable performances
| Original Score: 4/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
''Postcards From the Edge'' is a vehicle, but it's a custom-built Rolls.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 2, 2003
Generally entertaining, but finally not all that effective.
| Original Score: 3/5
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
The older generation had it made. Drinking is legal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 15, 2002
Nichols' portrait of Tinseltown's addictions proves it's never too late for mothers and daughters to accept each other's imperfections and renegotiate their relationships.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
"Postcards from the Edge" contains too much good writing and too many good performances to be a failure, but its heart is not in the right place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Streep gives the most fully articulated comic performance of her career, the one she's always hinted at and made us hope for.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
For all the jagged, witty chatter -- and Streep and MacLaine do their tragicomic damnedest with it -- "Postcard" provides the most rudimentary and jury-rigged of outcomes.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
An entertaining mishmash with witty dialogue and excellent performances from its high-profile cast - particularly Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine as a battling daughter and mother.
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
There are a couple of nice dramatic scenes but not enough to salvage this self-pitying story.
Full Review | Original Score: high 0 out of -4..+4
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