Waiting to Exhale
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A group of upper-class African-American women living in suburbia gather to lament their love lives' dearth of decent black men in this beautifully photographed serio-comic women's melodrama. As the four friends sit about chatting, each one tells her story. Savannah has just arrived in town and comes looking for a better job and a new love. She gets a great job as a television producer but finds her second goal elusive. Currently she is being forced to decide whether she wants to be with a deadbeat or a married man. Meanwhile Bernadine has deeper issues to contend with as she, after… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Never escapes the queasy aura of Melrose Place: just another story about beautiful people with small problems."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"With the exception of Bernadine, I never felt anything for the women populating this film, as they failed to capture my interest or sympathy."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Stylish but shallow melodrama, based on McMillan's best-seller."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"There are some humorous observations, irrefutable truths and good performances that make this movie worthwhile to those in a man-bashing mindframe."
‑ Christine James, Boxoffice Magazine
"When Robin asks, 'Don't we hear this on Sally and Oprah every day?' you may be inclined to agree."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"A pleasant if undemanding piece of work that is diverting to sit through though it won't stand up to any kind of rigorous examination."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"The male-bashing taken to an extreme in Waiting to Exhale is starting to seem a little like crack for the female psyche, exhilarating in the short term but ultimately crippling and dangerous."
‑ Joan Walsh, Salon.com
"Whitney Houston's alleged dramatic acting and dull, uninvolving storyline weighs down the virtues of the film."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Is there a woman alive who hasn't demanded an explanation from the Almighty about the losers that she keeps getting?"
‑ Leslie Rigoulot, Film Scouts
"With one possible exception, none of its women is at all likable."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"For all the pleasure there is in seeing effective, great-looking black women grappling with major life issues on screen, Waiting to Exhale is an uneven piece."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"An escapist fantasy that women in the audience can enjoy by musing, 'I wish I had her problems' - and her car, house, wardrobe, figure and men, even wrong men."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Offers a winning portrait of sassy black sister solidarity."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Four main female characters trudging through a movie's worth of similar repeated blunders adds up to one scary truckload of drama."
‑ Barry Walters, San Francisco Examiner
"It is a two-hour music video, Houston is pretty but dull, and the dynamo Bassett has been better elsewhere."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
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