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Based on a novel by Iris Rainer Dart, Beaches traces the 30-year oil-and-water friendship between free-spirited Bronx Jew CC Bloom (Bette Midler) and uptight San Francisco WASP Hillary Essex (Barbara Hershey). The two meet as children in Atlantic City (played by Mayim Bialik and Marcie Leeds) and are reunited in the 1960s, when CC is a struggling singer and Hillary is trying to break free from her staid upbringing by becoming an activist. The two ladies room together, then fall out when both are attracted to off-Broadway producer John Pierce (John Heard). CC wins John, but she quickly outgrows… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film's oily overdefinition of various class and cultural categories is strident enough to betray a condescending attitude toward the audience."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Maudlin & weepy with tender performances by Midler and Hershey."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"I enjoyed the first forty-five minutes of Beaches. Beyond that, I kept looking at my watch wondering when it was ever going to end."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"breaks your heart"
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"Make some popcorn and get out the Kleenex."
‑ Sarah Wenk, Common Sense Media
"...it seems obvious that certain audiences will get a whole lot more out of it than others."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Vile trash."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Chick-flick extreme, heavy on the syrup."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Garry Marhsall's unbearabaly schmaltzy and stereotyical medlodrama contrasts a brassy Jewish singer with an elegant WASPy socialite that even actresses like Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey cannot elevate or rescue."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"there are few horrors as singularly terrifying as this movie"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Horrible... just horrible."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"With its mix of drama, comedy, and music, the film leaves behind a rainbow of delectable emotions."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
More reviews for Beaches on Rotten Tomatoes

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