Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

A woman learns the value of friendship as she hears the story of two women and how their friendship shaped their lives in this warm comedy-drama. Evelyn Couch (Kathy Bates) is an emotionally repressed housewife with a habit of drowning her… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: December 27, 1991
DVD Release Date: April 18, 2000
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Fried Green Tomatoes' tearjerking drama is undeniably manipulative, but in the hands of a skilled cast that includes Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates, it's also powerfully effective.

Michael Sragow
New Yorker

[A] clunky, fraudulent, yet apparently crowd-pleasing laugh-and-tear-jerker.

Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

Fried Green Tomatoes is a case of a film acted with such skill and conviction that glaring problems of narrative, pace and structure seem like minor slips.

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

It's a nice, pleasant celebration of friendship, but without much meat to chew on.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

When a group of actors this gifted and lively tries so good-naturedly to deliver such an obvious message, the audience is left in the position of trying to stop a tidal wave. You may hate yourself for responding, but you're smothered before you know it.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

The movie never quite shakes its stiff, studied feel, just as the town of Whistle Stop never stops seeming the quaint creation of an art director.

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

It doesn't quite have the courage to face its own implications and so leaves the story that follows in a kind of blur apt to offend no one but equally incapable of moving anyone.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Directed and co-written by first-timer Jon Avnet, the episodic production manages to capture the fried-tomato flavor of the deep South without becoming too pushy or patronizing about it.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

The movie left me wishing its sterling cast -- including a radiant Jessica Tandy -- had been better served.

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Dennis King
Tulsa World

Fried Green Tomatoes is gosh-darned lovable, even if it does get downright sugary at times.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Candy Rose
Excellent movie about friendship and love. Kathy Bates' character befriends an old woman who tells stories of her past.
Spencer S.
Another tale of the Southern woman, so spicy and headstrong that she ends up in multiple adventures including murder, love affairs, and the ultimate threat of… More
Jason Owens
Always love a good southern movie, and well done coming of age drama
Alexis Nomm
Full of southern charm and heart. A movie about friendship and how it shapes our lives. It's a classic and so good, but the director's cut is a little… More
Cassie Hill
A bittersweet story about how the Whistle Stop Cafe brought together Idgie Threadgoode, Ruth Jamison & many others & a story to be told by Ninny… More
Red Lats
I don't know what it is about this movie, but I like watching it. It is a story about a love between two women in a different era -- a story of good over… More