Beaches (1988)

Based on a novel by Iris Rainer Dart, Beaches traces the 30-year oil-and-water friendship between free-spirited Bronx Jew CC Bloom (Bette Midler) and uptight San Francisco WASP Hillary Essex (Barbara Hershey). The two meet as children in… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 21, 1988
DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
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Critic Score: 28% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The film's oily overdefinition of various class and cultural categories is strident enough to betray a condescending attitude toward the audience.

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Emanuel Levy

Garry Marhsall's unbearabaly schmaltzy and stereotyical medlodrama contrasts a brassy Jewish singer with an elegant WASPy socialite that even actresses like Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey cannot elevate or rescue.

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Christopher Null

there are few horrors as singularly terrifying as this movie

Cathy Burke
United Press International

Midler's singing is the only pleasant part of the film. The rest of it you've seen and heard before -- and better.

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Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Maudlin & weepy with tender performances by Midler and Hershey.

John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

I enjoyed the first forty-five minutes of Beaches. Beyond that, I kept looking at my watch wondering when it was ever going to end.

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Sarah Wenk
Common Sense Media

Make some popcorn and get out the Kleenex.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews seems obvious that certain audiences will get a whole lot more out of it than others.

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Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Vile trash.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
I found the friendship was really weird to be honest, more like a old married couple, that turned into whose cock is bigger slagging match. I did enjoy this… More
Jennifer Xu
this is my mom's favorite movie. she LOVES bette midler, which i find weird because bette midler always plays really angry women who are totally… More
Alice Shen
Such awful, awful melodrama, but I love it! DID YOU EVER KNOW THAT YOU'RE MY HEEEEROOOO?
danny d
i saw it when i was 9. i dont remember it but i have no interest in seeing it again
Candy Rose
Heartwarming story about friendship through illness. Great cast.
Jason Spencer
Chick Flick.