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Reviews: Ricki and the Flash (2015)

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  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Much of the movie is indulgent and flabby, but with results; ‘Ricki’’s best moments come when Cody and Demme grasp on to the story’s sharp, prickly edges. So it’s a messy picture, which is probably why its marketing is such a bummer — instead of celebrating a movie that’s flawed but unique, Sony’s trying to make it look like any other predictable Redemption Journey Narrative™.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Demme’s brand of American eccentricity and screenwriter Diablo Cody’s hipster stylings don’t mesh, producing a weird hybrid of a film that’s part family drama, part rock band cover show, its sprinklings of wit smothered with exaggerated cartoons.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: It all comes across as rather contrived.
  • Kenji Fujishima @ Movie Mezzanine
  • John Gilpatrick @
    • Excerpt: This Meryl Streep vehicle is all about a family working through some issues and trying to figure out how to have a damn good time together. I pretty much did along with them.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Ricki and the Flash’s story leaves a lot to be desired, but Meryl Streep is fabulous as she steps out of her comfort zone to play an aged rock star.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: This acerbic comic drama wavers unevenly between domestic angst and rock concertizing; its disparate elements are not only disrupting but disconcerting, diluting its essential humanity and emotional resonance.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Ricki and the Flash isn’t particularly memorable, but it is a disarming joy to watch just the same as an end-of-the-summer entertainment for grown-ups.
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  • Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: Reminiscent of Jason Reitman’s ‘Young Adult’, also written by Diablo Cody, ‘Ricki and the Flash’ may not be perfect, but it sports vivid, engaging characters that pull a highly satisfying film from a perhaps overly familiar premise.
  • Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection
    • Excerpt: While there are signature off-kilter visual flourishes from Demme, and the characters occasionally rifle off biting one-liners befitting the style Cody practically invented in Juno, the execution feels different, as if they are working in an exploratory style, instinctively striking on specific themes and following each down tangents that may or may not flow easily back into the central narrative.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Ricki and the Flash, perhaps more than anything the actress has done in her continually impressive career, proves that Streep can really play any part that comes her way.
  • Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: Ricki and the Flash was already pretty good – on the level, I think of Demme’s previous Rachel Getting Married, which it shares some surface similarities with – but Streep makes it something special.
  • Norm Schrager @ Meet In the Lobby
    • Excerpt: … much of the greatness in Ricki and the Flash comes from the choices made by director Jonathan Demme, in his take on Diablo Cody’s sparkling screenplay.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: The oddly bifurcated movie offers sporadic pleasures, but as a whole it just doesn’t gel.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: Meryl Streep’s amazing rock-and-roll performance makes this movie something very special indeed.
  • Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: Meryl Streep did not miss her calling as a rock star, but the chemistry with her daughter Mamie Gummer makes this flick a winner.
  • George Zervopoulos @ Movies Ltd. [Greek]
Updated: January 21, 2016 — 9:15 pm
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