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Fried Green Tomatoes
A woman learns the value of friendship as she hears the story of two women and how their friendship shaped their lives in this warm comedy-drama. Evelyn Couch (Kathy Bates) is an emotionally repressed housewife with a habit of drowning her sorrows in candy bars. Her husband Ed (Gailard Sartain) barely acknowledges her existence, and while he visits his aunt at a nursing home every week, Evelyn is not permitted to come into the room because the old women doesn't like her. One week, while waiting out Ed's visit, Evelyn meets Ninny Threadgoode (Jessica Tandy), a frail but feisty old woman… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[A] clunky, fraudulent, yet apparently crowd-pleasing laugh-and-tear-jerker."
‑ Michael Sragow, New Yorker
"Fried Green Tomatoes is a case of a film acted with such skill and conviction that glaring problems of narrative, pace and structure seem like minor slips."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It's a nice, pleasant celebration of friendship, but without much meat to chew on."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"Essentially a story about friendship between two pairs of women, then and now, it could be classified as an intelligent woman's picture, but this truly uplifting and gratifying movie can and should be enjoyed by all."
‑ Peter Freedman, Radio Times
"The fine performances and worthy themes are sold short. There are two films here, neither one of which is as fully developed as it could be."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"When a group of actors this gifted and lively tries so good-naturedly to deliver such an obvious message, the audience is left in the position of trying to stop a tidal wave. You may hate yourself for responding, but you're smothered before you know it."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"The movie never quite shakes its stiff, studied feel, just as the town of Whistle Stop never stops seeming the quaint creation of an art director."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"It doesn't quite have the courage to face its own implications and so leaves the story that follows in a kind of blur apt to offend no one but equally incapable of moving anyone."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"Fried Green Tomatoes is an engaging if sentimental tale, charmingly handled by producer-turned-director Jon Avnet and flawlessly acted by its four female stars."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The script plods. Tandy looks as though she'd rather be elsewhere. The desire is understandable."
‑ Joanne Kaufman, People Magazine
"Directed and co-written by first-timer Jon Avnet, the episodic production manages to capture the fried-tomato flavor of the deep South without becoming too pushy or patronizing about it."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"The movie left me wishing its sterling cast -- including a radiant Jessica Tandy -- had been better served."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Fried Green Tomatoes is gosh-darned lovable, even if it does get downright sugary at times."
‑ Dennis King, Tulsa World
"Fried Green Tomatoes is a cut above superficially similar 'women's pictures'."
‑ , Film4
"The characters are engaging, but the story is hackneyed and the filmmaking is dull."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
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