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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The magnolias in Callie Khouri's fried green movie look limp.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The movie finally comes together into something that is genuinely -- and almost quietly -- stirring.

  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Gives us a lot to enjoy and something most studio movies don't even try for: an attempt at the richness, density and sheer contrariness of life.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The only character we get to know fully as she evolves from child to older woman is Vivi. Too bad the movie didn't also trace the lives of her "sisters." That might have been divine.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Chick flick for mom; teens may not enjoy it.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie features characters who drink and smoke a lot, and drinking is shown to be a light-hearted way to bond with friends, though alcohol abuse is shown to be painful for the children of the drinker. There are mild sexual references including non-explicit nudity. While the main characters object to racist remarks in very strong terms, and the feelings of one black character are treated respectfully, the treatment of the black characters is stereotyped. They are portrayed as devoted family retainers. A character abuses prescription drugs, apparently inadvertently. A mother neglects and abuses her children.

  • Families can talk about why it was so difficult for the characters to talk with each other about their feelings.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Mother beats children, some peril.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Unmarried couple lives together, non-explicit nudity.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink and smoke a lot, alcohol portrayed as empowering and fun