Terms of Endearment Reviews

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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
February 22, 2015
It takes all of perhaps five minutes to fall in love with the leading characters in Terms of Endearment and from that point on, the audience is just putty in the extremely capable hands of writer-director James L. Brooks.

People Magazine
January 10, 2014
In his directorial debut, Brooks proves himself a master with actors.
Paul M. Bradshaw
Total Film
January 10, 2014
Its soppy story is freed from cheap tear-jerking by Brooks' confident direction, Larry McMurtry's poignant script and a flawless ensemble.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
February 22, 2013
There's not enough substance to support the sentiment of this longish comedy-drama.
John Ferguson
Radio Times
February 22, 2013
This is American mainstream movie-making at its best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 18, 2013
Terms of Endearment is about three relationships and students of screenwriting would do well to study the way in which these three stories are told completely and effortlessly in a movie of average length.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Glossy, funny, and packs a real emotional wallop.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
February 20, 2009
Its quirky rhythms and veering emotional tones are very much its own, and they owe less to movie tradition than they do to a sense of how the law of unintended consequences pushes us ceaselessly through the years, permitting no pause for perspective.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 16, 2008
The tragi-comedy never made me reach for my hankie, never tickled my funny bone and it never found a way into my heart.
Full Review | Original Score: C

Film4
February 20, 2008
This hugely successful tear-jerker boasts some magnificent on-screen chemistry between Jack Nicholson and Shirley MacLaine.

Empire Magazine
February 20, 2008
No-wonder Jack was so keen to land this role. It was simply perfect for him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Harwood
Variety
February 20, 2008
Brooks' dialog is wonderful throughout and all the characters carry off their assignments beautifully, even down to Danny De Vito and Norman Bennett as MacLaine's other suffering suitors.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
December 22, 2006
Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger are fantastic as a mother and daughter who individually face life's challenges and end up stronger because of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 17, 2006
Something for everyone, indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 17, 2006
[Writer-director James L. Brooks] has television in his soul: his people are incredibly tiny (most are defined by a single stroke of obsessive behavior), and he chokes out his narrative in ten-minute chunks, separated by aching lacunae.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 27, 2006
Blending comedy and melodrama, this is basically a TV sitcom, marked by a sentimental tone and traditional view of women.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Pirie
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Then The Illness strikes, and the film changes gear completely, pulling out all the stops and almost incidentally delivering one of the best-acted, most moving death-bed scenes in recent memory.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
The most remarkable achievement of Terms of Endearment, which is filled with great achievements, is its ability to find the balance between the funny and the sad, between moments of deep truth and other moments of high ridiculousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 16, 2004
Sad themes, but wonderful ensemble acting.
| Original Score: 5/5
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
August 3, 2003
A heartfelt, sobby, strongly-acted character-driven story, the film is small in scope, but deep in meaning and emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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