Thelma & Louise (1991)



Critic Consensus: 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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Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon play Thelma and Louise, two working-class friends who together have planned a weekend getaway from the men in their lives. Thelma's husband, Darryl (Chris McDonald), is an overbearing oaf, and Louise's boyfriend, Jimmy (Michael Madsen), simply will not commit. Though the road trip starts out as a good time, the pair eventually wind up at a bar. A tipsy Thelma ends up in the parking lot of the bar with a would-be rapist. Louise shoots the man dead. The two decide that they have no choice but to go on the run. They eventually meet up with a young criminal named J.D. (Brad Pitt), whose cowboy spirit rubs off on the timid Thelma. The pair is pursued by a police officer (Harvey Keitel) sympathetic toward their plight. He chases them to the Grand Canyon, where the women make a fateful decision about their lives. Directed by Ridley Scott, Thelma & Louise brought first-time screenwriter Callie Khouri many accolades including the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
R (for strong language, and for some violence and sensuality.)
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Susan Sarandon
as Louise Sawyer
Geena Davis
as Thelma Dickinson
Harvey Keitel
as Hal Slocumbe
Brad Pitt
as J.D.
Christopher McDonald
as Darryl Dickinson
Jason Beghe
as State Trooper
Lucinda Jenney
as Lena the Waitress
Shelly De Sai
as East Indian Motel Clerk
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
Charlie Sexton
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Thelma & Louise

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (18)

"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.

Full Review… | May 24, 2016
New York Daily News
Top Critic

This unexpected delight, which travels at top speed from the doldrums to the Grand Canyon, is moreover blessed with two high-octane performances.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
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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?

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Thelma & Louise

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Most certainly not an under done chick flick. It's premise suggests ultra feminism and typically mean hearted humour but Thelma and Louise is actually intelligent, entertaining, gripping and ambitious to challenge one's emotions.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Thelma Dickinson and Louise Sawyer are best friends who are both unhappy with their lives. Thelma is married to Darryl (Christopher McDonald), who treats her like crap and never lets her do the things that she wants to do. Louise has a boyfriend, Jimmy Lenox (Michael Madsen), who loves her but refuses to marry her. They set off on a grand adventure that starts off nice and pleasant until Louise shoots Harlan Puckett (Timothy Carhart), a major douchebag asshole that sexually assaults Thelma when shes drunk. They drive off, claiming that they will try to get to Mexico. Along the way they pick up thief-drifter, J.D. (Brad Pitt), who steals their money and takes off. Then, to get money for things, Thelma robs a bank, so now they could possibly be charged with armed robbery. Basically, in classy terms, this pair is the female equivalent of Bonnie & Clyde, two outlaws having fun while finding a side of themselves that they never knew quite existed. Great, and fun story line. A movie that you'll want to watch again and again, just for the pure and high racing fun of this movie.

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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