Postcards from the Edge
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Postcards from the Edge
Mike Nichols lends some comic structure to Carrie Fisher's best-selling confessional novel concerning a woman's struggles with drug addiction and mother-daughter rivalry (subjects Fisher admits to understanding all too well). Meryl Streep, in her most full-blown comic performance up to that point, plays Suzanne Vale, a popular movie actress well on her way to a Hollywood crack-up. Suzanne suffers from blackouts and memory lapses, and awakens in the beds of men she doesn't remember; she is a barely-functioning wreck on the set of her latest movie. When a coke dealer who delivers… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's not much depth here, but Nichols does a fine job with the surface effects, and the wisecracks keep coming."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Fisher's intelligence and humour turn what might have been movie brat indulgence into something much sharper and involving."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Nichols' version of Carrie Fisher's memoir of a drug-addicted actress (well played by Meryl Streep), and her troubled bond with her famous mother (inspired by mom Debbie Reynolds) is sleek, shallow and sporadically entertaining."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Meryl lets her hair down and it looks good in this Hollywood tell-all."
‑ Boo Allen, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
"One of Streep's most likeable performances"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"In this era of postverbal cinema, Postcards proves that movie dialogue can still carry the sting, heft and meaning of the finest old romantic comedy."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"''Postcards From the Edge'' is a vehicle, but it's a custom-built Rolls."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A constant delight."
‑ , Film4
"Weak script but brilliant performances and moments of heart-twisting poignance and insight."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"Generally entertaining, but finally not all that effective."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Packs a fair amount of emotional wallop in its dark-hued comic take on a chemically dependent Hollywood mother and daughter."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Streep gives the most fully articulated comic performance of her career, the one she's always hinted at and made us hope for."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Yet further proof that Hollywood makes its best films about what it knows best--making films in Hollywood."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Biting humour and terrific performances."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The older generation had it made. Drinking is legal."
‑ Brad Laidman, Film Threat
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