The Fabulous Baker Boys
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)

Real-life siblings Beau and Jeff Bridges star as the eponymous Fabulous Baker Boys. Musical prodigies both, the Bakers have long been teamed as a twin-piano act, with the less talented Frank (Beau Bridges) coasting on the skills of his… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 13, 1989
DVD Release Date: April 14, 1998
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Its story is nothing special, but The Fabulous Baker Boys glows beneath luminous performances from its perfectly cast stars.

Variety Staff

The fun part is seeing it all play out, thanks to a standout cast and first-time director Steve Kloves' skill in handling them.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

A thoroughly enjoyable entertainment that should play just about everybody's strings right. Kloves proves to be quite a plucker.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

All three stars are superb, but it's Pfeiffer's smart and sexy performance that quickly became a thing of legend.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Much of the credit must go to the actors, with the Bridges brothers making a superb double act.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

The Fabulous Baker Boys is like a beloved movie from the glory days of Hollywood. It transports you. It's an American rhapsody.

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Ryan Cracknell
Calgary Movies

What I really enjoyed about The Fabulous Baker Boys is the way it balances between the three key characters, as well as the outside world that they're up against.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

It's a film specializing in smoky, down-at-the-heels glamour, and in the kind of smart, slangy dialogue that sounds right without necessarily having much to say.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This is one of the movies they will use as a document, years from now, when they begin to trace the steps by which Pfeiffer became a great star.

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Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat

Writer/director Steve Kloves (this was his first film) keeps his characters grounded as people...

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
An alluring singer joins piano-playing brothers around the nightclub circuit. The highlights of this film are the performances by the Bridges brothers and… More
Alec Barniskis
Whatever minor quibbles I have with the story are completely made up by the remarkable chemistry of the three leads. The film is as smooth, slow, and… More
xGary Xx
Dreary and unconvincing soap opera featuring Michelle Pfeiffer on a piano being "sexy". Apparently.
Duncan Ryan-Ross
Fabulous indeed. Steve Kloves has a winner with this one. The Bridges gave exceptional performances, as did Michelle Pheiffer, the music was smooth as whiskey,… More
John Ballantine
The use of the real life Bridges brothers aids this film tremendously as they compete for the affections of Michelle Pfeiffer. Is it intentional that the less… More
Marcus Woolcott
Pfeiffer brings plenty of "zing" to this, but it should really have been called "Jeff Bridges plays a miserable, moody git who chain-smokes and… More