Heartburn (1986)

Though she always played coy about the fact in interviews, Nora Ephron's novel Heartburn is a thinly disguised " clef" rehash of her marriage to Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein. Meryl Streep plays Rachel, an… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 25, 1986
DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

This is the most disappointing film of the year, considering its pedigree -- a Mike Nichols film from a Nora Ephron script, starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson.

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Emanuel Levy

Decently (but no more) acted by Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson, this marriage on the rocks melodrama, based on Nora Ephron's memoir, is ultimately shallow and verbose.

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Emanuel Levy

No chemistry between Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The food-sex jokes come off half-baked.

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Clint Morris

Grabs you by the heart and doesn't let go

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Depicts a marriage on the rocks.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

'80s comedy-drama has mature themes, profanity.

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom

Uneven script, but brilliant performances.

Christopher Null

it's hard to root for their reconciliation

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Norah Ephron's book launched this film, which tackles the tricky subject of infidelity without much complexity. The film covers the emotional rollercoaster… More
Nicki Marie
I think I would rather cut my ear off than watch this movie ever again. While technically a good film, it has been a long time since I loathed two characters… More
Jim Hunter
The marriage between a columnist and his wife degrades when she discovers his infidelity. Nora Ephron makes me hate white people. These two privileges,… More
Mike T.
Another fantastic film from Mike Nichols. This darker than dark comedy is powered by marvelous performances from Nicholson and Streep and signature directorial… More
jay nixon
Bittersweet comic drama that knowing the actual background inspiration is at times uncomfortable to watch. Nicholson is fine but Meryl's is the performance… More
Sunil Jawahir
Nice chemistry but just an okay movie.