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Terms of Endearment Reviews

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April 26, 2018
Terms of Endearment is that uncommon kind of American movie, the kind that doesn't just manipulate our feelings, but releases them.
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.
January 10, 2014
In his directorial debut, Brooks proves himself a master with actors.
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
February 22, 2013
This is American mainstream movie-making at its best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
January 2, 2011
Glossy, funny, and packs a real emotional wallop.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
March 1, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
February 20, 2008
This hugely successful tear-jerker boasts some magnificent on-screen chemistry between Jack Nicholson and Shirley MacLaine.
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
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.
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
December 17, 2006
Something for everyone, indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
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.
October 27, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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
October 16, 2004
Sad themes, but wonderful ensemble acting.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
June 19, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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