Mermaids (1990)

There's no point in recounting the many production problems and personal hostilities which plagued the filming of Mermaids: the end result is all that matters. Set in the 1960s, the film details the relationship between an unorthodox,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 14, 1990
DVD Release Date: February 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

The delightful Ryder, billing notwithstanding, is really the star.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I found a lot of it preposterous, but I enjoyed that quality. Why do we look at movies? To learn lessons and see life reflected back at us? Sometimes. But sometimes we simply sit there in the dark, stupefied by the spectacle.

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Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Moving, but teen sex content meant for discussion.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Self-conscious, eccentric...

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Having made something of a specialty of woe-is-me, adolescent angst, Ryder finds a deeper level here, a level of comedy with something genuinely painful mixed in.

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Clint Morris
Film Threat

Three generations of greatness

Vincent Canby
New York Times

Miss Ryder is so good, in fact, that "Mermaids" might have dared to be a tougher, more satisfying movie than the stylish sitcom it is.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

It's awash in mediocrity, waterlogged with innocuousness and redeemed only occasionally by sweet-faced Ryder.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A bright, buoyant comedy about an unusual mother-daughter relationship.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
I enjoyed it. The energy drops somewhere around the middle, but picks up quickly. The story is well told and unique. Though Cher is spectacular in the main… More
Jennifer Xu
I read the Wikipedia synopsis before I started watching this film and I thought the Winona-Joe romance was going to be super uncomfortable (I mean HELLO, you… More
Nicki Marie
Cute movie. I like Christina and Winona. Cher gets on my nerves a bit, but I think her character is meant to be annoying. Coming of age tale set in the… More
Aj V
A great family drama with a great cast and story. It's very realistic, sweet, and it's humorous as well. I really liked it.
Luke Baldock
Mermaids is the story of a family of three ladies, a mother and her two daughters. Winona Ryder plays the eldest daughter who actually looks down her mother.… More
Randy Tippy
Cute but cliched. Nice chemistry between Cher, Winona Ryder and an adorable 9 year old Christina Ricci.

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