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Waiting to Exhale Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
September 19, 2006
Stylish but shallow melodrama, based on McMillan's best-seller.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Michael Dequina
December 21, 2004
Whitney Houston's alleged dramatic acting and dull, uninvolving storyline weighs down the virtues of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 29, 2002
Offers a winning portrait of sassy black sister solidarity.
Christine James
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
There are some humorous observations, irrefutable truths and good performances that make this movie worthwhile to those in a man-bashing mindframe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Leslie Rigoulot
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002
Is there a woman alive who hasn't demanded an explanation from the Almighty about the losers that she keeps getting?
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Never escapes the queasy aura of Melrose Place: just another story about beautiful people with small problems.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Joan Walsh
January 1, 2000
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
An escapist fantasy that women in the audience can enjoy by musing, 'I wish I had her problems' - and her car, house, wardrobe, figure and men, even wrong men.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
This sister-celebratory adaptation of Terry McMillan's best-selling book is frequently delightful.
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
It is a two-hour music video, Houston is pretty but dull, and the dynamo Bassett has been better elsewhere.
| Original Score: 2/5
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
Overall, the film never quite hints at answers or even much comprehension of the problems, but it should fit the bill for those looking for empathic communion, or those simply wanting to bash men.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
With one possible exception, none of its women is at all likable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
When Robin asks, 'Don't we hear this on Sally and Oprah every day?' you may be inclined to agree.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Whitaker clumsily mishandles what should be a 'you go, girl!' tour de force.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Barry Walters
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Four main female characters trudging through a movie's worth of similar repeated blunders adds up to one scary truckload of drama.
Monica Hayde
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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