Ricki And The Flash Reviews

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August 9, 2015
The movie is mature in the way it handles the regrets of absentee parents and the ways in which their children relate to them. There's a little Hollywood artifice here but not so much that the emotions feel inauthentic.
August 7, 2015
Streep's latest mom role, as Ricki Rendazzo in Ricki and the Flash, has a light, Mamma Mia! vibe, but it still hits all those hot buttons.
August 7, 2015
Despite Streep's best efforts, Ricki seems more of a contrivance than a flesh-and-blood character.
August 7, 2015
The film, which Diablo Cody wrote and Jonathan Demme directed, is a work of bulk-size bogusness. Barely a single scene is convincing.
August 7, 2015
Just when the story beats start to feel unbearably obvious, the film changes keys, becoming less family dramedy than a concert film.
August 7, 2015
[Its marketing] undersells the sometimes astringent emotional journey of the movie, not to mention its abiding empathy.
May 2, 2019
The combination of fantastic music, good performances, and the slightly dark undertones covered up by a feel-goodness the movie has in the end, makes for a fun watch regardless of any issues it might have.
April 19, 2019
This is where Diablo Cody shines in writing complex characters that you both despise and root for at the same time.
April 6, 2019
Demme plods through the familial tangles, but he tears through the music scenes with real verve. The film comes alive when Ricki is onstage; it's throwback barroom rock, euphorically delivered.
March 7, 2019
Cody's script tries to juggle too many themes and ideas, abandoning a lot of them on the way.
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