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Though she always played coy about the fact in interviews, Nora Ephron's novel Heartburn is a thinly disguised " clef" rehash of her marriage to Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein. Meryl Streep plays Rachel, an influential food critic who marries charismatic columnist Mark (Jack Nicholson) after a whirlwind courtship. Warned that Mark is constitutionally incapable of settling down with any one woman, Rachel gives up her own job to make certain that her marriage works. When Rachel announces that she's pregnant, Mark virtually jumps out of his skin with delight. But as… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is the most disappointing film of the year, considering its pedigree -- a Mike Nichols film from a Nora Ephron script, starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Uneven script, but brilliant performances."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"it's hard to root for their reconciliation"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Decently (but no more) acted by Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson, this marriage on the rocks melodrama, based on Nora Ephron's memoir, is ultimately shallow and verbose."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"No chemistry between Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Grabs you by the heart and doesn't let go"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Depicts a marriage on the rocks."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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