The Prince of Tides
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Barbra Streisand directed and stars in this love story about two people of dissimilar backgrounds who form a connection based on their unhappy experiences. Adapted from the novel by Pat Conroy, the story concerns Tom Wingo (Nick Nolte), a rudderless, unemployed football coach. Stuck in a loveless marriage with a wife (Blythe Danner) who feels nothing for him, and unable to move forward with his life, he is suddenly jarred out of his lethargy when he travels to New York because his twin sister (Melinda Dillon) has just tried to kill herself. In New York, he meets her psychiatrist, Susan… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

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"The results may seem overripe and dated in spots, but she coaxes a fine performance out of Nolte, and the other actors (herself included) acquit themselves honorably."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The Prince of Tides marks Ms. Streisand's triumphantly good job of locating that story's salient elements and making them come alive on the screen."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Directed with loving care by Barbra Streisand, this adaptation of the best-seller also boasts a serious flaw: Streisand herself."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"As director, Streisand shows compassion for Pat Controy's Southern Gothic novel, and the film works better as a study of troubled childhood and male menopause than as romance between psychiatrist (poorly played by Streisand) and Nick Nolte as her patient"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The musical score of the film is somewhat overbearing, but most other production values, such as editing, script-writing and direction are above average."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"A deeply moving exploration of the tangled emotions of a dysfunctional Southern family, this lovingly crafted (though unevenly scripted) film of Pat Conroy's novel centers on Nick Nolte's performance of a lifetime."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Streisand hyperbolizes everything, from James Newton Howard's whackingly obtrusive score to Nick Nolte's overripe narration."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Graced with fine performances and commendably biting off more than it can ever hope to chew, The Prince Of Tides is a rare slice of romantic moviemaking for all those grown-ups feeling ignored since Kramer Vs. Kramer last rattled their value systems."
‑ Barry McIlheney, Empire Magazine
"Pretty good romantic soap...except for Streisand's talons."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Babs and Noltes at their best"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"They do make 'em like it any more."
‑ , Time Out
"An assured and very serious love story that allows neither humor nor romance to get in the way of its deeper and darker subject."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Self-indulgent, soap opera nonsense."
‑ , Film4
"Nolte's terrific performance isn't enough to save this sappy, painfully phony piece of psychobabble."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"Streisand's been in front of cameras so long she's thinks of them as mirrors. Luckily she has a good eye and it, more often than not, has the ability to look straight to the soul."
‑ Kathleen Maher, Austin Chronicle
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