Mermaids (1990)

Mermaids (1990)

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Fifteen-year-old Charlotte Flax (Winona Ryder, in a Golden Globe-nominated performance) is tired of her wacky mom moving their family to a different town any time she feels it is necessary. When they move to a small Massachusetts town and Mrs. Flax begins dating a shopkeeper, Charlotte and her 9-year-old sister, Kate, hope that they can finally settle down. Also starring Cher (Moonstruck), Bob Hoskins (Mona Lisa), and Christina Ricci (in her film debut).

1990Rating: PG-13110 minsUSAOrion Pictures
ComedyDramaRomance

Mermaids (1990) | Reviews

The Guardian

The Guardian

The screenplay is poignant and hilarious, the soundtrack banging and (most of) the acting excellent.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Richard Benjamin has directed with too much zest, pushing his cast toward antic behavior.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

(A) belaboured glob of whimsy...

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Variety

Variety

As eccentric mother-daughter films go, this... falls into the same category as Terms of Endearment, with many of the same comedic pleasures and dramatic pitfalls.

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TV Guide

TV Guide

The picture's strong characters and acting carry it to at least a partial success.

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BBC

BBC

(A) slightly soppy but often amusing comedy drama...

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

It's awash in mediocrity, waterlogged with innocuousness and redeemed only occasionally by sweet-faced Ryder.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

I found a lot of it preposterous, but I enjoyed that quality.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Miss Ryder is so good, in fact, that "Mermaids" might have dared to be a tougher, more satisfying movie than the stylish sitcom it is.

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