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THE BANGER SISTERS

"For all the charm effused by its stars, 'The Banger Sisters,' written and directed by Bob Dolman, emerges as a pallid, unconvincing pipe dream...'The Banger Sisters' certainly begins with its heart in the right place. But the movie eventually snaps under the strain of its plot contrivances and its need to reassure." --

Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"This primly evasive woman is a bum role for Sarandon, who constantly signals her distaste for the character, but Hawn does something fresh...She digs deep into the role of a funny, lewd woman who has been too careless ever to put anything together for herself...'The Banger Sisters' is painful to sit through, because you want to see someone like Paul Thomas Anderson take hold of the character and the actress and start again from the beginning." --David Denby, The New Yorker

"'The Banger Sisters' is a practiced piece of Hollywood hokum, way too calculated and contrived, especially for a film that nominally celebrates the chaos and creativity of the 1960s. But, of course, it's the Geritol version of the '60s that is being presented here...The film's vision of the '60s is like a bland cover version of a once-vibrant song. Even if you're tempted to sing along, you know you're missing out on something." --Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

"Give the movie a moment's thought, and you see the screenplay's gears turning. This is a movie that could have been a term paper. But Hawn and Sarandon hit the ground running, and are so funny and goofy that they distract and delight us." --Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"Goldie Hawn gives a heart-breakingly brave, endearing performance, and Susan Sarandon a shrewdly withdrawn one in 'The Banger Sisters,' but writer Bob Dolman's directorial debut betrays his stars...the sole favor Dolman does the plucky Hawn is to light her rear end so that its continued gloriousness can be appreciated." --Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly