75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
This film is the closest we're going to get to anything new by Williams, and it's a respectable effort.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film has its rewards and one performance of great passion. That would be by Ellen Burstyn, as Miss Addie, who plays it all in her sick bed in a Tennessee country mansion with a debutante party going on downstairs.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Betsy Sharkey
Despite Teardrop Diamond's rough edges, the filmmaker, who has spent much of her career acting on stage and screen, succeeds in transporting us back to that other time; capturing the lyricism of the dialogue and the fetid South that Williams so brilliantly envisioned where nearly everything goes to rot.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The script is half-a-fortune at best, and visually the picture is staid. But you stick with it, because it's Williams and because certainly no one since Williams has written this sort of embroidered dialogue.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The story is a sketchy, dramatically muddled rumination on familiar Williams themes about the Old South and its brave, beautiful, rebellion women always on the brink of love, suicide or madness.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Howard looks peachy, and actor-turned-director Jodie Markell sweats the details -- moonlight, honeyed accents -- but the brittle script resists restoration.
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42

Portland Oregonian

By Marc Mohan
Whether Elia Kazan could have done something memorable with this script will remain an eternally open question. This film, though, is most effective as a reminder that Williams' works emerged from a certain time and place, and to approach them from another is fraught with peril.
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Descends with dismaying speed into clichéd Southern melodrama.
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40

Time Out New York

By David Fear
To her credit, Howard’s performance as a class-obsessed Southerner is decent enough to keep things from completely devolving to community-college level. But such weak work needs strong hands all around to guide it, and one pair isn’t enough.
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38

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Seems almost like a self-parody of Williams' earlier work.
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51 out of 100
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