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Weighed down by her late husband's debts, widow Beth Macauley (Jessica Lange) is compelled to sell her home and move to a less costly locale. She relocates in Baltimore with her resentful sons Chris (Chris O'Donnell) and Matt (Charlie Korsmo) and takes a job at a ramshackle gourmet food store managed by Lisa Coleman (Kathy Bates). Men Don't Leave offers in Beth an extremely vulnerable, easily discouraged person who can't seem to get a grip on her reduced circumstances. Even so, she and her sons eventually pull themselves together, despite many side trips with Wrong Lovers and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Performances to die for"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"O'Donnell impresses but, surprisingly enough, Lange drags things down to a place where only a formula finish can end things without the audience throwing fruit."
‑ Oz,
"Watching the suffering, growth, and personal renewal of these likeable characters we gain a fresh perspective on our primal feelings about the family circle."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"One of the most unjustly underappreciated films of the 1990s; wonderfully acted"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Unexpectedly vivid; great work by Lange and Cusack."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"A minor note classic"
‑ David Poland, Hot Button
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