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Ricki and the Flash

A musician who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom returns home, looking to make things right with her family.
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A. O. Scott
The New York Times
August 6, 2015
"Ricki and the Flash" seems like a squandered opportunity for this humane, curious and liberal-minded filmmaker to reflect on some uncomfortable realities. This isn't really rock 'n' roll. It's easy listening. 
United StatesUnited States M
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
"Jonathan Demme, with music in his DNA, offers a heartfelt salute to those who play the underside of rock & roll because, well, they have to. Too bad the rest of the movie is dime-a-dozen family soap opera (...) Rating: ★★ (out of 4)"  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Jordan Hoffman
The Guardian
"Ricki and the Flash's emotional intensity creeps up on you, and it's all due to the performances. Everyone's sympathetic, everyone's got depth. (...) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Gregory Ellwood
"If you’re wondering whether you’ll believe Streep is a convincing rock musician, please. It’s Meryl Streep here. She sounds like she’s ready to open for Bruce Springsteen."  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Sheri Linden
The Hollywood Reporter
"Streep is pitch-perfect but the film hits more than a few false notes. (...) Even with its well-observed moments, the movie's nonmusical interactions, whether reaching for laughs or poignancy, too often feel flat and forced."  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
"Though this is the cinematic equivalent of an album of cover tunes by artists who have created much more dazzling original work, it’s a sweet, smart and funny confection (...) Rating. ★★★ (out of four)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Andrew Barker
"This is a shaggy, easily distractible film that consistently defies expectations to both charming and baffling effect."  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
"An assemblage of almost-characters in an almost-story, resulting in a very disappointing almost-movie."  NEG
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
John Hazelton
"A breezy but touching dysfunctional family dramedy, with real heart and some genuine musical soul."  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Leah Greenblatt
Entertainment Weekly
"Ricki and the Flash isn’t a great movie; its archetypes are tired and its plot turns textbook. (...) Still, Ricki raises smart questions (...) and even the shamelessly corny sing-along finale wrings a few real tears out.  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
"'Ricki and the Flash' feels like 'Stella Dallas' as remade by Jean Renoir - it's a humanist suburban fable"  POS
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