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: 54% 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.

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.

Quentin Curtis
Independent on Sunday

There's less context than in McMillan's novel, and more lingerie. But the theme of (black) women searching for acceptance and empowerment is equally strong, especially in Angela Bassett's gale-force performance as Bernadine.

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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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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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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

You want the movie to stomp and rejoice and cry like a fool; instead it meanders and lollygags, occasionally flaring up, then sputtering again.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

This sister-celebratory adaptation of Terry McMillan's best-selling book is frequently delightful.

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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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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.