Book Club

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Book Club only intermittently rises to the level of its impressive veteran cast; fortunately, they're more than enough to bring pedestrian material entertainingly to life.



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Diane (Diane Keaton) is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage. Vivian (Jane Fonda) enjoys her men with no strings attached. Sharon (Candice Bergen) is still working through a decades-old divorce. Carol's (Mary Steenburgen) marriage is in a slump after 35 years. Four lifelong friends' lives are turned upside down to hilarious ends when their book club tackles the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey. From discovering new romance to rekindling old flames, they inspire each other to make their next chapter the best chapter.

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Critic Reviews for Book Club

All Critics (178) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (97) | Rotten (81)

  • Hollywood could've done something different with the casting, we talk about inclusion and diversity but if there was a different way of casting, it wouldn't change the film at all but how we feel about it.

    Mar 21, 2019 | Full Review…
  • There's a great sense of camaraderie in it all but it could have been so much better with a script that rejected the obvious.

    Sep 14, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Yes, we desperately, as an audience, need this film. Just not, well, this one. Because it's rubbish.

    Jun 1, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • It's a film to remind you that the comedy confectionery of Nora Ephron or perhaps Nancy Meyers is not that easy to replicate, and you can be left with all of the guilt and none of the pleasure.

    May 31, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Book Club is an airy dinner conversation set before a spectacular, disposable backdrop, a sure-fire bet to be the breeziest two hours you spend in the theater this summer.

    May 21, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Even though it follows the map of every romcom before it, Holderman's film still offers the too-rare chance to marvel at just how good these women are at their craft, how easily they inhabit the bodies and lives of other people.

    May 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Book Club

  • Aug 25, 2018
    Could have been better. 4 books mentioned at the book group and three of them are the 50 shades of Grey trilogy. Borderline insulting, actually and such a cliche. The actresses are all good, but the storyline does them no favours.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2018
    While the material was thin at times, the veteran actresses make you care because how talented they are. THe story is slow but it's realistic and not too sugary sweet. Keaton, Fonda and Steenburgen have some fine moments but Bergen was the strongest in my mind and the men who supported them in Garcia, Johnson, Nelson and Dreyfus were just as strong. A nice rental but nothing much more! 08-15-2018
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • May 27, 2018
    Hey Diane Keaton 1976 called and wants its Annie Hall routine back. This mediocre movie's message in these days of female power enlightenment is that they must have a man to lead a fulfilling life. Maybe their choice should have been Moby Dick. (5-26-18)
    John C Super Reviewer

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