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Riding in Cars with Boys
Penny Marshall directed this serio-comic story, based on the memoir by Beverly Donofrio, about a young woman who finds her life radically altered by an event from her teen years. Born in 1950, Beverly (Drew Barrymore) grew up bright and ambitious in a working-class neighborhood in Connecticut; her father (James Woods) was a tough but good-hearted cop with an understanding ear for his daughter's problems, and her mother (Lorraine Bracco) was a nervous woman eager to imagine the worst. From an early age, Beverly displays a keen intelligence and an interest in literature, and she dreams of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Beverly is supposed to be a bad girl running with the wrong crowd, but most of the time she seems to be right out of a serioso episode of Laverne & Shirley."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"There's a sort of Hallmark tyranny at work."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Not a great movie, although Drew Barrymore shines."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"...[Drew Barrymore's] best performance to date..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"[Beverly] is a memorable character, a flesh-and-blood creation brought to life by an actress just beginning to hit her stride."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"The rough edges of Donofrio's life are either ignored or smoothed away, replaced by broad laughs and easy sentiment."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The movie may be based on Beverly Donofrio's memoir of the '60s, but it misses the honesty and grit of the source."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Columbia's marketing exploits the commercial title and producer James Brooks pedigree, but this humorless chick flick is one of Penny Marshall's worst films."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"should bring Barrymore at least the promise of more interesting scripts through the letterbox."
‑ Tom Grealis, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"Although well made, this is a depressing film."
‑ Paul Salfen, Supercala.com
"A film with honesty, sincerity and a great big heart."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Despite being scrubbed almost spotless, the story still makes its mark."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"We've suffered through worse chick flicks throughout the years . . ."
‑ James O'Ehley, Movie Gurus
"Barrymore is a wonder in this role."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"It's an embarrassment, a misguided tearjerker that will only make you cry if you spent good money to see it."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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