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Thelma & Louise Reviews

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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
May 24, 2016
"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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 30, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times
July 30, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
July 30, 2013
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.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 30, 2013
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 | Original Score: 5/5
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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
July 30, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
July 30, 2013
Are we so starved for "strong" women's roles that this revenge, and the pell-mell, lunatic flight that follows, fits anyone's definition of strength, or even more peculiarly, of neo-feminism?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Clifford Terry
Chicago Tribune
July 30, 2013
Whereas the material begs for the off-stride touch of a Jonathan Demme, it is sabotaged by Scott, who seems to have little affinity for whimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Right from its gratuitously gorgeous opening shot-a beckoning panorama of red-rock mesas Thelma & Louis lets you know that it's going to be well, bigger than just another road movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 16, 2009
Scott has balanced action, comedy and doomy subtext to create a morally firm yet very entertaining fable that reaches out to an audience far larger than its natural feminist constituency.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 7, 2008
Sarandon and Davis bring a lot of unpredictable verve and nuance to their parts.
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Variety Staff
Variety
May 7, 2008
Even those who don't rally to pic's fed-up feminist outcry will take to its comedy, momentum and dazzling visuals.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Ultimately, this road movie calls on too many knee-jerk reactions: its shocking and funny scenes rely squarely on role reversals within a traditionally male genre.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
What sets Thelma & Louise aside from the great central tradition of the road picture is that the heroes are women this time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Their adventures, while tinged with the fatalism that attends any crime spree, have the thrilling, life-affirming energy for which the best road movies are remembered.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
This wincingly funny, pertinent and heartbreaking road movie means to get under your skin, and it does.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Thelma & Louise may look like just another girl-buddy road picture. But in director Ridley Scott's hands, it's propulsively more.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
An exhilarating vehicle for Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, it spins its wheels in a giddy sort of way, then puts the pedal to the mettle, lays rubber and fairly takes wing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5