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Based on 21 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The movie, from the 1992 best seller by Olivia Goldsmith, isn't deathless art. But as pure entertainment, this witty revenge romp is sinfully satisfying. show more

  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    It's a glamorous revenge romp, a "9 to 5" mixed with "Auntie Mame," and it gives each star the opportunity to do her best work in a long, long time. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The First Wives Club has a femme casting coup for the ages, and sometimes it only takes the right performers interacting to give sprightly fluff indispensable showmanship. [20 Sep 1996 Pg.01.D] show more

  • 75
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    It's funnier, and bitchier, than Clare Boothe Luce's "The Women," and, best of all, it showcases three wonderful actresses who have rarely been better. show more

  • 63
    TV Guide

    Yes, it's great that Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler -- all women of a certain age, though they've done their best to make sure no one's certain what it is -- get to carry a major motion picture, playing college chums reunited by the perfidy of men. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    There is undoubtedly a movie to be made about this material -- a different movie. show more

  • 38
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Unfortunately, although there are a few nasty thorns here and there, The First Wives Club is a largely uninspired (and unfunny) comedy that collapses completely in the final fifteen minutes. show more

  • 38
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    It's difficult to say who is more misguided here: the men (director, screenwriter and producer) who made the movie, or the women who signed on to play the parts. show more

  • 40

    But what starts out so promisingly with some witty one-liners loses itself in the middle and finally descends into a slapstick routine that cries out for a touch of sophistication. show more

  • 30
    Austin Chronicle

    As a satire this film would be hilarious, but writer Robert Harling's ("Soapdish") script doesn't quite hit the mark. show more

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