How Stella Got Her Groove Back
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How Stella Got Her Groove Back
Terry McMillan and Ron Bass wrote this screenplay based on McMillan's semi-autobiographical best-selling novel (over 2,000,000 copies in print before the release of this film). San Francisco stockbroker Stella (Angela Bassett), a 40-year-old divorcee, has a nice Marin County home and an 11-year-old son, Quincy (Michael J. Pagan). With Quincy off to see his dad, Stella and her best friend Delilah (Whoopi Goldberg) vacation in Jamaica, where she meets sexy, good-looking Winston Shakespeare (Taye Diggs). He's the man of her dreams in every way except one -- he's half her age. Even so,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie meanders on and on, like a bad sexual dream, until you finally wake up mumbling: Stella, please: leave that groove thang alone."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"I never felt Stella and Winston were on the same wavelength, that they could share their lives, that it would be a good idea for them to try."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The "Groove" is on the move in Sullivan's ethnically snappy and exotic May-December romancer. Bassett and Diggs make for a sizzling couple"
‑ Frank Ochieng,
"There is insufficient chemistry, more tension and fighting than romance, and no epiphanal moment to demonstrate that Stella has indeed gotten her groove back."
‑ Christine James, Boxoffice Magazine
"Frankly, this is just like a very average TV movie except the cast is more expensive and the stunning Bassett glides through with inviolable class."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"Delivers guilt-free escapism about pretty people having wicked-hot fun in pretty places."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Ms. Bassett portrays this high-strung superwoman with such intensity that she makes her almost believable."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"There's only one thing missing from this story, and it's the main ingredient: conflict."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"Stella's groove, like the film itself, doesn't run deep."
‑ Nina Caplan, Sight and Sound
"Stella comes straight from the 'designer problems' school of screenwriting, a genre in which stories are built around wealthy, gorgeous people who have to create their own miseries in order for anything remotely dramatic to occur."
‑ James Sanford,
"Stella may be frothy and paper-thin, but it's also another great success for star Angela Bassett, who transforms the film into an infomercial for her considerable abilities."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"All formula gloss, a romance that tackles some difficult issues by missing them altogether."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Gives Angela Bassett the full star treatment, and she gives it right back."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"This fine and funny film proves that a love that nurtures fills an emptiness that nothing else can fill."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A strong cast and solid tech credits fail to make the relationship believable."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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