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Widow Beatrice Hunsdorfer (Joanne Woodward) likes to say she's planning to open an upscale tea room, but in reality she's incapable of handling even the most pedestrian of life's responsibilities. A terrible homemaker and a questionable parent, she's a constant embarrassment to her two daughters. Ruth (Roberta Wallach) is given to rebellious acting out and seems destined to turn out like her mother, while Matilda (Nell Potts) is more thoughtful and likely to transcend her unfortunate childhood.

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  • It sounds like a masochist's orgy, but through the combined ingenuities of Paul Newman, who directed it, Joanne Woodward, who plays Beatrice, and Alvin Sargent, who adapted the play to the screen, it is nothing of the sort.

    March 18, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The talents of everyone connected with it are unmistakable, including those of Mr. Newman... It's just that the basic material calls for a kind of second-rate bravura performance from everyone, from the production designer to the actors.

    January 14, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Sentimental without really being tender, naturalistic without being real.

    January 14, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Newman and Woodward's daughter Potts steals the movie, but what makes it so watchable is Newman's reluctance to sentimentalise.

    January 14, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Producer-director Paul Newman has made his finest behind-the-camera film to date in the screen version of Paul Zindel's play.

    January 14, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Joanne Woodward's performance is not like anything she's ever done before.

    January 14, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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