Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)

Screenwriter Callie Khouri makes her directorial debut with this adaptation of a pair of popular novels by author Rebecca Wells, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Little Altars Everywhere. Sandra Bullock stars as Sidda Lee Walker,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: June 7, 2002
DVD Release Date: November 5, 2002
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Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is more melodramatic than emotionally truthful, and uneven in its mixture of time periods, actresses, laughter and tears.

Todd McCarthy

While there are pleasures to be had from watching so many grand actresses strut their stuff, the fact is that the overriding preoccupation here rests with surface impressions rather than psychological probity.

James Berardinelli

As 'chick flicks' go, this one is pretty miserable, resorting to string-pulling rather than legitimate character development and intelligent plotting.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Chick flick for mom; teens may not enjoy it.

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Time Out

Better make the most of the first ten minutes of this execrable melodrama (directed by the scriptwriter of Thelma & Louise), because from then on it's the yackety-yack sisterhood in spades.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Not one character in this ovarian jungle is particularly likable.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Sandra Bullock is great as Siddalee Walker, the angry and disgruntled woman who has a cross to bear with her mother and often exhibits the corky odd traits her mother does.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Gives us a lot to enjoy and something most studio movies don't even try for: an attempt at the richness, density and sheer contrariness of life.

F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly

Khouri manages, with terrific flair, to keep the extremes of screwball farce and blood-curdling family intensity on one continuum.

Rob Gonsalves

I heard something in the audience for Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood I don't hear often any more: the sound of middle-aged women laughing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
this was a waste of time. it was well acted, but it was one of the slowest moving films i have ever seen.
Steven Vincent Gee
Very good movie. The costumes were very realistic, the acting was awesome, and it truly felt like it captured friendship.
Jason Spencer
Jumbled movie about people you have a hard time liking.
Sunil Jawahir
Maggie Smith has a southern accent. I watched it for that and that's why it gets a star.
Dean McKenna
All female cast stars are fabulous and funny.
Miriam Kline
I personally think that Ashley judd sucks & giving her such a role just ruined it...