Waiting to Exhale
Waiting to Exhale (1995)

A surprise Hollywood hit, this film is based on the novel of the same name by Terry McMillan and centers on four well-to-do African-American women and their relationships with men and one another. All of them are "holding their… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: December 22, 1995
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Never escapes the queasy aura of Melrose Place: just another story about beautiful people with small problems.

James Berardinelli

With the exception of Bernadine, I never felt anything for the women populating this film, as they failed to capture my interest or sympathy.

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Emanuel Levy

Stylish but shallow melodrama, based on McMillan's best-seller.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

A pleasant if undemanding piece of work that is diverting to sit through though it won't stand up to any kind of rigorous examination.

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Joan Walsh

The male-bashing taken to an extreme in Waiting to Exhale is starting to seem a little like crack for the female psyche, exhilarating in the short term but ultimately crippling and dangerous.

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Michael Dequina

Whitney Houston's alleged dramatic acting and dull, uninvolving storyline weighs down the virtues of the film.

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

For all the pleasure there is in seeing effective, great-looking black women grappling with major life issues on screen, Waiting to Exhale is an uneven piece.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

An escapist fantasy that women in the audience can enjoy by musing, 'I wish I had her problems' - and her car, house, wardrobe, figure and men, even wrong men.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Offers a winning portrait of sassy black sister solidarity.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Tim Salmons
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a movie about angry chicks
Nani Vang
It gets a little slow towards the end...but, it's okay.
Sunil Jawahir
A cute movie I saw when I was a bit too young and just rewatched. I liked the characters but there was a bit sloppy stories that were a little too overdone or… More
Candy Rose
Movie about friendship and how very different women deal with their partners.