Thelma & Louise

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Simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and peppered with action, Ridley Scott's Thelma & Louise is a potent, well-acted road movie that transcends the feminist message at its core.

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Meek housewife Thelma (Geena Davis) joins her friend Louise (Susan Sarandon), an independent waitress, on a short fishing trip. However, their trip becomes a flight from the law when Louise shoots and kills a man who tries to rape Thelma at a bar. Louise decides to flee to Mexico, and Thelma joins her. On the way, Thelma falls for sexy young thief J.D. (Brad Pitt) and the sympathetic Detective Slocumb (Harvey Keitel) tries to convince the two women to surrender before their fates are sealed.

Cast

Susan Sarandon
as Louise Sawyer
Geena Davis
as Thelma Dickinson
Harvey Keitel
as Hal Slocumbe
Christopher McDonald
as Darryl Dickinson
Jason Beghe
as State Trooper
Lucinda Jenney
as Lena the Waitress
Carol Mansell
as Waitress
Shelly Desai
as East Indian Motel Clerk
Stephen Polk
as Surveillance Man
Rob Roy Fitzgerald
as Plainclothes Cop
Jack Lindine
as I.D. Tech
Michael Delman
as Silver Bullet Dancer
Kristel L. Rose
as Girl Smoker
Noel L. Walcott III
as Mountain Bike Rider
Marco St. John
as Truck Driver
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Critic Reviews for Thelma & Louise

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (58) | Rotten (11)

  • "Thelma & Louise" is a rare thrill - a gleefully offbeat road movie in which two women, instead of the usual footloose fellas, exult in the heady freedom of America's lonesome highways.

    May 24, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This unexpected delight, which travels at top speed from the doldrums to the Grand Canyon, is moreover blessed with two high-octane performances.

    July 30, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • There are plenty of great one-liners in Callie Khouri's script, and cinematographer Adrian Biddle never fails to give viewers an eye full -- even when it's a ridiculous eye full.

    July 30, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The feminist justification that the script provides for the heroines' behavior doesn't make their actions any less preposterous. But you can recognize the crudeness of the movie's narrative devices and still have an awfully good time.

    July 30, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Thelma & Louise isn't only a movie, it's also a journey. In some dark night of your distant past, you might once have dreamed about taking it.

    July 30, 2013 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • If the only way a woman can light up the screen these days is with a .38-caliber pistol, isn't that just another form of subordination?

    July 30, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Thelma & Louise

  • Nov 04, 2015
    One of the more iconic films of its decade, THELMA & LOUISE brought a feisty and empowering sense of fun to the table with its ever-intriguing title leads (Sarandon and Davis make for an unpredictable and complementary duo) as well as strong supporting turns. Though it is fitting for some to analyze it solely with regards to its feminist themes and characters, the film stands on its own as a road movie that employs an adventure-filled script through beautiful locations and gradually growing stakes; a worthy addition to Ridley Scott's credits despite a rather disappointing payoff and an iffy (and rather, empty) message in terms of what it all stands for.
    Sheldon C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 28, 2014
    Wonderfully well acted and with a stunning cinematography, this delicious road movie finds an awful snowball of trouble for two unfortunate women in this sexist society - and the setting of such story in the south of the U.S. makes its feminist statement even more significant.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 13, 2012
    A modern classic involving two women deciding to take matters into their own hands after suffering abuse. The end alone makes this one worth savouring.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 24, 2012
    The perfect buddy-chick movie. Fantastic script that gives depth to all the characters, gives great use of dark humour to the unfortunate missunderstandings (and poor decisions) these humane characters are put through and never forgets the motives and problems of the leads in favour of cheap sentimentalism. Boosted by stellar performances from Sarandon and Davis, the movie quickly goes into unforgettable territory right from the start. Also, a surprisingly constrained direction by Scott gives room for the more important aspects of the film, which was a very smart decision, but there's still classic Ridley trademarks all over: indoor lighting, outstanding and exciting set pieces and a great american road movie feeling thanks to impressive set locations without being too huge and distracting. A nearly flawless humanistic movie that'll make you laugh, cry and root right from the start from these charismatic outlaws.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer

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