75

Boston Globe

There's death, domestic violence, alcoholism, racism, attempted suicide, and a mental breakdown. Naturally, it's a comedy about the eccentricities of Southern women.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Ya-Ya Sisterhood is so divine. It offers a world where friendship is forever, the half-empty glass is refilled and the men are perfect.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The only character we get to know fully as she evolves from child to older woman is Vivi. Too bad the movie didn't also trace the lives of her "sisters." That might have been divine.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Women deserve better women's pictures -- men too.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Less successful in exploring the long-term effects of mental breakdown than in dispensing short-term comic pick-me-ups, Ya-Ya wrings abundant laughter and tears.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Gives us a lot to enjoy and something most studio movies don't even try for: an attempt at the richness, density and sheer contrariness of life.
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The movie finally comes together into something that is genuinely -- and almost quietly -- stirring.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Divine cast keeps 'Ya-Ya Sisterhood' from falling flat
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The magnolias in Callie Khouri's fried green movie look limp.
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40

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Except for Ashley Judd, who shows true grit as Vivi in her babe days, the effect is like being buried in molasses. For guys whose pain threshold is way low when it comes to the bonding of Steel Magnolias, Ya-Ya is a definite no-no.
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48 out of 100
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