Terms of Endearment Synopsis
A mother (Shirley MacLaine) and daughter (Debra Winger) maintain a strong but often turbulent bond.
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
It rates a resounding yes because it doesn't insult our emotional intelligence. [23 Nov 1983]
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100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
Terms of Endearment is the rare commercial picture that sets audiences to laughing hysterically and crying unashamedly, sometimes within...
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100

Time

By Richard Schickel
No film since Preston Sturges was a pup has so shrewdly appreciated the way the eccentric plays hide-and-seek with the respectable in the...
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This is a wonderful film. There isn't a thing that I would change.
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88

TV Guide

Lopsided comedy turned tearjerker, saved by excellent performances.
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80

Empire

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James L. Brooks's clever and witty cry-a-long which has as many guys pretending not to cry, as women unashamedly sobbing.
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80

Variety

Teaming of Shirley MacLaine and Jack Nicholson at their best makes Terms of Endearment an enormously enjoyable offering for Christmas,...
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80

The New York Times

By Janet Maslin
Terms of Endearment is a funny, touching, beautifully acted film that covers more territory than it can easily manage.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
There's not enough substance to support the sentiment of this longish comedy-drama.
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40

Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
The dual-track plot, with constant cutting between mother and daughter, seems less an attempt to establish meaningful parallels between the...
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one of the best movies of all time

By millsy
This movie has everything. great story,great acting,very subtle humor,excellent cast and great timing. Am extremely heartfelt ending and a mysterious love connection between jack nicholson and...

my review of Terms of Endearment

By jwelch5742
This film was wonderful. this had great script and wonderful performances for Jack Nicholson and Shirley MacLaine...

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Rated PG | For Moderate Sex References and Infrequent Strong Language
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 13+ Glossy, funny, and packs a real emotional wallop.
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