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The Hot Flashes Reviews

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
July 14, 2013
A sparkling, heartfelt albeit slightly uneven dramedy refreshingly grounded in realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.42/10
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 12, 2013
In critical ways, the movie is a mess. The basketball scenes are so sloppy and haphazard that the would-be slapstick registers as confusion. But away from the court, the actors bring their caricatures to folksy comic life.
| Original Score: 3/5
Marsha McCreadie
Film Journal International
July 12, 2013
Funny, sometimes funky feminist fable by ur-feminist director Susan Seidelman is easy to like, if hard to believe.
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
July 11, 2013
This comedy deserves credit for taking a decided viewpoint - and delivering a heartfelt if occasionally misguided message.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 11, 2013
Better for what it is than for how it's done...provides a welcome opportunity for five actresses of a certain age to share the screen together and yet it's pretty much a bland outing because virtually every scene plays out in a programmatic way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Orndorf
July 11, 2013
Seidelman's direction holds the picture in place, and its interest in health issues and cancer awareness is commendable. There's predictability a-plenty, but also some heart to make the pains of familiarity palatable.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 30, 2013
With its suspenseful plot and a dream cast starring five fascinating actresses (plus Eric Roberts in a deliciously unsympathetic role), this unusual comedy is irresistible.
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
June 28, 2013
Women with balls. Feisty older actresses with attitude, including Brooke Shields, Daryl Hannah, Virginia Madsen and Wanda Sykes, not into being sidelined because of age, on the basketball court or on screen.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
June 7, 2013
Could emerge as the sleeper hit of the summer. It is hilarious, heartfelt and, most significantly during a special-effects dominated season, human.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
September 17, 2013
unlikely to put Susan Seidelman back in the front ranks of Hollywood, even though it is an enjoyable, albeit highly derivative, comedy that dares to put "women of a certain age" front and center.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike Scott
August 15, 2013
It's heart is in the right place, but -- with poor writing, lame humor and dreadful on-court sequences -- that's one of the only things right about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
August 8, 2013
By and large this is a film meant to do exactly what the film's charity event does: to provide light entertainment while raising money for a good cause.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Todd Jorgenson
July 22, 2013
Abundant good intentions help to soften the predictably mild impact of this broad female-empowerment comedy.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 12, 2013
A Lifetime movie, minus the commercials, but with every predictable twist and turn and treacly message intact. She shoots. It bores.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
July 11, 2013
Lifetime movies have their pleasures, and so does this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
July 11, 2013
Older women may still have game, but comedy drops the ball.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Justin Chang
July 11, 2013
[A] strained and soapy empowerment comedy ...
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 11, 2013
Even though it earns an R rating for profanity and some risque material, it's too meek and mild-mannered to qualify as brave, or even slyly subversive.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jen Chaney
The Dissolve
July 11, 2013
The leads in The Hot Flashes come across as one-dimensional, pseudo-feminist clichés whose conversations seem contrived and whose jokes land with the thud of airballs clunking on hardwood.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 11, 2013
Susan Seidelman has been making these blandly safe movies for years now; what happened to the edgy exuberance of her early films, like "Smithereens" or "Desperately Seeking Susan"?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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