Postcards from the Edge
Postcards from the Edge (1990)

Mike Nichols directed this adaptation of actress Carrie Fisher's thinly-veiled autobiographical novel, which stars Meryl Streep as Suzanne Vale, an actor whose drug habits land her first in a detox center and then at the home of her… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: January 1, 1990
DVD Release Date: April 30, 2001
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

There's not much depth here, but Nichols does a fine job with the surface effects, and the wisecracks keep coming.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Fisher's intelligence and humour turn what might have been movie brat indulgence into something much sharper and involving.

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Mature dramedy has drug/alcohol abuse, cursing.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

In this era of postverbal cinema, Postcards proves that movie dialogue can still carry the sting, heft and meaning of the finest old romantic comedy.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

''Postcards From the Edge'' is a vehicle, but it's a custom-built Rolls.

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Emanuel Levy

Nichols' version of Carrie Fisher's memoir of a drug-addicted actress (well played by Meryl Streep), and her troubled bond with her famous mother (inspired by mom Debbie Reynolds) is sleek, shallow and sporadically entertaining.

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Variety Staff

Packs a fair amount of emotional wallop in its dark-hued comic take on a chemically dependent Hollywood mother and daughter.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Streep gives the most fully articulated comic performance of her career, the one she's always hinted at and made us hope for.

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A constant delight.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Bathsheba Monk
Meryl Streep is amazing in this. The script is wonderful and the mother/daughter rivalry is expertly realized by Streep and Shirley MacLaine.
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda
Unfocused film lingers between comedy and drama without ever really deciding where it should stand. Boring, talky and misleading, POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE stars… More
Cast: Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss, Rob Reiner, Mary Wickes, Conrad Bain, Annette Bening, Simon Callow… More
Dean McKenna
A fantastic, consistently amusing, satire about the wacky world of Hollywood between Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine. It's very funny.
Spencer S.
A cute little comedy with obvious influences from the inspiring book written by none other than Carrie Fisher. Her biting wit and Hollywood insight made for a… More
John Ballantine
A fairly funny and poignant drama inspired by Carrie Fisher's novel of the same title. There is excellent chemistry here which isn't surprising… More