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  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This is a wonderful film. There isn't a thing that I would change. show more

  • 100
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    It rates a resounding yes because it doesn't insult our emotional intelligence. [23 Nov 1983] show more

  • 100
    Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Terms of Endearment is the rare commercial picture that sets audiences to laughing hysterically and crying unashamedly, sometimes within consecutive seconds, and then shoos them out of the theatre in contented emotional exhaustion. [23 Nov 1983] show more

  • 88
    TV Guide

    Lopsided comedy turned tearjerker, saved by excellent performances. show more

  • 80
    Empire

    James L. Brooks's clever and witty cry-a-long which has as many guys pretending not to cry, as women unashamedly sobbing. show more

  • 100
    Richard Schickel Time

    No film since Preston Sturges was a pup has so shrewdly appreciated the way the eccentric plays hide-and-seek with the respectable in the ordinary American landscape; no comedy since Annie Hall or Manhattan has so intelligently observed not just the way people live now but what's going on in the back of their minds; and finally, and in full knowledge that one may be doing the marketing department's job for them, it is the best movie of the year. show more

  • 80
    Janet Maslin The New York Times

    Terms of Endearment is a funny, touching, beautifully acted film that covers more territory than it can easily manage. show more

  • 80
    Variety

    Teaming of Shirley MacLaine and Jack Nicholson at their best makes Terms of Endearment an enormously enjoyable offering for Christmas, adding bite and sparkle when sentiment and seamlessness threatens to sink other parts of the picture. show more

  • 40
    Dave Kehr Chicago Reader

    The dual-track plot, with constant cutting between mother and daughter, seems less an attempt to establish meaningful parallels between the two stories than the nervous twitches of a compulsive channel changer. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    There's not enough substance to support the sentiment of this longish comedy-drama. show more

  • December 11, 2008 LUIS TILLAN
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    I SAW THIS MOVIE AND I KNEW IT WAS GOING TO THE OSCARS THAT YEAR. THE PLAYBOY ASTRONAUT IN THE EARLY DAYS AS AURORA SAW HIM AND FINALLY GOT IN HIS PANTS AS THE YEARS WENT BY,WAS A BLAST.SAW HIM WITH ALL THE CHICKS,AND AT THE END HE WAS THEIR FOR HER IN TIME OF CRISIS.FUNNY AND EMOTIONAL WITH MEANING IN LIFE TRAUMA MOMENTS AND ISSUES. IT ROCKS,TAKE SOME KLEENEX"YOU WILL NEED IT. BIG LOU MIAMI FL

  • July 28, 2008 Sweetrose
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    I thought this movie was heartwarming and moving;Aurora(MacLaine),has some strain in the relationship with her daughter Emma(Winger).Emma is married to Flap(Daniels), and they have two sons together.It is sweet to see how a family deals with crisis.Emma gets ill and doctors try to help her.During her daughter's illness,Aurora meets Garrett(Nicholson),who seems amorous and really honest.This fellow tries to be a shoulder for Aurora,when trouble arises.I thought the movie was wonderful, and loved the performances by Nicholson,Daniels and Winger. Bravo!

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