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Based on 23 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Whether you regard Stella's getting her groove back as a feminist battle cry or as a silly wish-fulfillment fantasy, the movie delivers guilt-free escapism about pretty people having wicked-hot fun in pretty places. show more

  • 50
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    I'm not denying that a 40-year- old woman might be self-conscious about going around with someone this young. But the subject isn't interesting or provocative enough to sustain an entire movie. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    For once, with How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Hollywood offers a love story that concentrates on the simple nuances of the romance rather than smothering us in an overly- melodramatic narrative featuring old boyfriends, jealousy, and hard-to-swallow misunderstandings. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    How Stella Got Her Groove Back tries its best to turn a paperback romance into a relationship worth making a movie about, but fails. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Bassett and Diggs are appealing as the slightly odd couple, but the movie rambles on too long. show more

  • 50
    San Francisco Examiner

    It's a fun movie - full of laughs and touching moments. show more

  • 50
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The movie meanders on and on, like a bad sexual dream, until you finally wake up mumbling: Stella, please: leave that groove thang alone. show more

  • 60
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    This lushly produced, lightweight romance embraces every cliche of the genre without so much as an ironic shrug. show more

  • 40
    Angie Errigo Empire

    Director Sullivan lingers too long in every photogenic location and drags out every incident as if he's making six episodes of a not very sparkling serial. show more

  • 78
    Russell Smith Austin Chronicle

    The filmmakers go to obvious pains to add a bit of nutritive value to their sweet, frothy confection. show more

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