Ricki And The Flash
Ricki And The Flash (2015)

Three-time Academy Award (R) winner Meryl Streep goes electric and takes on a whole new gig - a hard-rocking singer/guitarist - for Oscar (R)-winning director Jonathan Demme and Academy Award (R)-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody in the… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: August 7, 2015
DVD Release Date: November 24, 2015
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Meryl Streep's outstanding work helps Ricki and the Flash overcome its inconsistent tone and fairly predictable premise.

James Berardinelli

The movie is mature in the way it handles the regrets of absentee parents and the ways in which their children relate to them. There's a little Hollywood artifice here but not so much that the emotions feel inauthentic.

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Wesley Morris

The film, which Diablo Cody wrote and Jonathan Demme directed, is a work of bulk-size bogusness. Barely a single scene is convincing.

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Brooke Corso
The MacGuffin

Diablo Cody has written a script in which the characters themselves are well-drawn, but there isn't enough time or space on the page to devote fully to each drama that is presented.

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Susanna Schrobsdorff
TIME Magazine

Streep's latest mom role, as Ricki Rendazzo in Ricki and the Flash, has a light, Mamma Mia! vibe, but it still hits all those hot buttons.

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Spencer Kornhaber
The Atlantic

Just when the story beats start to feel unbearably obvious, the film changes keys, becoming less family dramedy than a concert film.

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Lisa Rosman

What makes Ricki and the Flash Cody's worst misstep so far is that, while it fails to acknowledge the reality of anyone or anything outside of Ricki, it offers very little insight into what makes this woman tick, either.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Despite Streep's best efforts, Ricki seems more of a contrivance than a flesh-and-blood character.

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Alison Willmore
BuzzFeed News

[Its marketing] undersells the sometimes astringent emotional journey of the movie, not to mention its abiding empathy.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

Do you want to see Ricki and the Flash? Well... why not? At least you get to see Streep playing around in Janis/Patti territory. And you get to hear her sing - which, like everything she does, is carried off with an astonishing expertise.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
For Meryl Streep fans only. And then after at least half a bottle of vino. Or a joint. Or both. Yeah, both.
Nicki Marie
Decent, but got to admit, thought it might be a little better than it was. Meryl is great in it, and I loved her look. I would like to watch this one again… More
jay nixon
Okay drama of aging rocker trying to be there for her family after many years away isn't bad but goes on about ten minutes longer than it should.
Jarrad Climpson
I tried writing a review for this but I simply couldn't think of the right words to express how I felt so simply...Ricki and the Flash is a good movie that… More
Alice Shen
A down-and-out, estranged mother comes back into the lives of her upper-middle-class children, ex-husband and his perfect second wife (played by perfect Audra… More
Dann Michalski
Directed by Jonathan Demme and written by Diablo Cody, Ricki and The Flash is a satiric character drama about an aging rock star mother who reconnects with her… More