Terms of Endearment Reviews

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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
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
May 12, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
February 22, 2013
There's not enough substance to support the sentiment of this longish comedy-drama.
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
There's no doubt in my mind that there is more art to be found in a week's worth of General Hospital re-runs.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
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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.
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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.
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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.
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
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Glossy, funny, and packs a real emotional wallop.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 29, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
John Ferguson
Radio Times
February 22, 2013
This is American mainstream movie-making at its best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
May 30, 2001
You'll feel like you're eavesdropping.
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
Clint Morris
Moviehole
September 18, 2002
Such a marvellous film. So wonderfully performed.
| 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.
Rebecca Murray
About.com
June 13, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 27, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 22, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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