Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Screenwriter Callie Khouri makes her directorial debut with this adaptation of a pair of popular novels by author Rebecca Wells, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Little Altars Everywhere. Sandra Bullock stars as Sidda Lee Walker, a New York playwright who opens a can of emotional worms with her estranged, boozy mother, Vivi (Ellen Burstyn), when she discusses her painful childhood and particularly Vivi's less-than-enviable mothering skills in a Time magazine article. The eccentric Louisiana drama queen Vivi has already been barred from her daughter's oft-delayed wedding to… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

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"While there are pleasures to be had from watching so many grand actresses strut their stuff, the fact is that the overriding preoccupation here rests with surface impressions rather than psychological probity."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"As 'chick flicks' go, this one is pretty miserable, resorting to string-pulling rather than legitimate character development and intelligent plotting."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Chick flick for mom; teens may not enjoy it."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"...if you plan on having a man watch this film with you, do him a favor...and don't."
‑ John Venable, Supercala.com
"Though [Khouri] has an obvious flair for exploring the inner workings of the female mind, she unfortunately glosses over a pinnacle moment in the story and inevitably lets the viewer down."
‑ Susan Michals, FilmStew.com
"Better make the most of the first ten minutes of this execrable melodrama (directed by the scriptwriter of Thelma & Louise), because from then on it's the yackety-yack sisterhood in spades."
‑ , Time Out
"Not one character in this ovarian jungle is particularly likable."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Sandra Bullock is great as Siddalee Walker, the angry and disgruntled woman who has a cross to bear with her mother and often exhibits the corky odd traits her mother does."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Seeing the film, my initial, gut perception of those who form real life Ya-Ya Sisterhoods stands: these are women with way too much time on their hands."
‑ Michael Dequina, Film Threat
"That such strong, capable women are called on to carry a film as shoddy as Ya-Ya in front of and from behind the camera is hardly progress."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"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."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Khouri manages, with terrific flair, to keep the extremes of screwball farce and blood-curdling family intensity on one continuum."
‑ F.X. Feeney, L.A. Weekly
"I heard something in the audience for Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood I don't hear often any more: the sound of middle-aged women laughing."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"There are some truly great actresses in this movie, but nearly all of them are wasted playing caricatures."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"A tal irmandade Ya-Ya é de uma bobagem extremada, e o roteiro tem buracos incríveis, deixando de lado vários pontos sobre os irmãos de Burstyn e Bullock, que são mencionados, mas nunca vistos."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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