Ricki And The Flash Reviews

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.
August 7, 2015
Streep and Springfield make a surprisingly sweet pair of retirement-age rockers, but the scattered story line keeps losing the beat.
August 7, 2015
The skilled veteran Demme alternates dysfunctional family confrontations with easy comedy, expertly peppering in just the right rock tunes along the way. It's hard not to like Ricki, but the film makes no excuses for her actions.
August 7, 2015
"Music is the healing power of the universe," Albert Ayler said. I kind of believe him. I reckon that Demme believes him too. But not the way it's depicted here.
August 7, 2015
Ricki and the Flash swerves near stereotypes and swerves away at every turn.