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Riding in Cars With Boys Reviews

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October 19, 2001
The fault is in a script that can't figure out how to compress 20 years and in a director who always goes for the laugh instead of the truth.
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 4, 2002
One can't stop wondering what trip this pandering seriocomedic drama is on...a self-pitying or egocentric one?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 19, 2001
There's the core of a good, tough movie lost under Marshall's self-indulgence.
October 18, 2001
Full Review| Original Score: 5/10
October 21, 2001
"Riding in Cars with Boys" has its moments along the way, but it sputters and stalls before completing its journey.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 5, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 18, 2001
It's never more than a random collection of moments that never pull together.
Read More | Original Score: C+
October 18, 2001
Feels both forced and erratic, like an old Buick missing on all cylinders.
October 18, 2001
Marshall's film, hobbled by a miscalculated and often superficial script by Morgan Upton Ward, is mostly a wasted opportunity.
October 18, 2001
Marshall ... regularly downshifts the anger in Riding in Cars to low-gear cute every time the road gets good and tough.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 19, 2001
You can see how hard it works from top to bottom. But it never quite gets what it wants.
October 19, 2001
There's a sort of Hallmark tyranny at work.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
October 29, 2001
The rough edges of Donofrio's life are either ignored or smoothed away, replaced by broad laughs and easy sentiment.
October 18, 2001
Barrymore appears in nearly every frame ... she seizes the film and doesn't let go, to the point of strangling it to death.
October 18, 2001
Left a lot of the book's plot on the cutting-room floor in the transition from the page to the screen.
November 14, 2003
We've suffered through worse chick flicks throughout the years . . .
October 18, 2001
Lost in a void between rendering tears of joy and tears of laughter.
October 19, 2001
Riding in Cars With Boys might move around a lot, but it isn't quite as fun a trip as it initially appears it will be.
November 12, 2001
Penny Marshall is certainly not the right filmmaker for this material--at least if you'd like it to be something more than a trite tearjerker.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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