Waiting to Exhale (1995)



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Movie Info

A group of upper-class African-American women living in suburbia gather to lament their love lives' dearth of decent black men in this beautifully photographed serio-comic women's melodrama. As the four friends sit about chatting, each one tells her story. Savannah has just arrived in town and comes looking for a better job and a new love. She gets a great job as a television producer but finds her second goal elusive. Currently she is being forced to decide whether she wants to be with a … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ronald Bass, Terry McMillan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 6, 2001
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


as Bernadine

as Marvin

as John Harris Sr.

as James Wheeler (uncre...

as Russell

as John Harris Jr.

as Denise

as Tarik's Father (uncr...

as Minister

as On Air D.J.

as D.J. at the Hermosa

as Savannah's Mother

as Savannah's Assistant

as Interviewer

as Person at Hermosa Ta...

as Person at Hermosa Ta...

as Person at Hermosa Ta...

as Tarik's Girl Friend

as Herbert

as Security Guard at Jo...

as Wild Bill

as Hairdresser

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Critic Reviews for Waiting to Exhale

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (14)

Never escapes the queasy aura of Melrose Place: just another story about beautiful people with small problems.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A pleasant if undemanding piece of work that is diverting to sit through though it won't stand up to any kind of rigorous examination.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

You want the movie to stomp and rejoice and cry like a fool; instead it meanders and lollygags, occasionally flaring up, then sputtering again.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

For all the pleasure there is in seeing effective, great-looking black women grappling with major life issues on screen, Waiting to Exhale is an uneven piece.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
Top Critic

The male-bashing taken to an extreme in Waiting to Exhale is starting to seem a little like crack for the female psyche, exhilarating in the short term but ultimately crippling and dangerous.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

With the exception of Bernadine, I never felt anything for the women populating this film, as they failed to capture my interest or sympathy.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Waiting to Exhale



Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


It gets a little slow towards the end...but, it's okay.

Nani Vang

Super Reviewer


Movie about friendship and how very different women deal with their partners.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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