Postcards from the Edge (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

Postcards from the Edge1990

Postcards from the Edge (1990)



Critic Consensus: Uniting a pair of powerhouse talents with a smart, sharply written script, Postcards from the Edge makes compelling drama out of reality-inspired trauma.

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Mike Nichols directed this adaptation of actress Carrie Fisher's thinly-veiled autobiographical novel, which stars Meryl Streep as Suzanne Vale, an actor whose drug habits land her first in a detox center and then at the home of her flamboyant actress/singer mother Doris Mann (Shirley MacLaine).

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Meryl Streep
as Suzanne Vale
Shirley MacLaine
as Doris Mann
Dennis Quaid
as Jack Faulkner
Richard Dreyfuss
as Dr. Frankenthal
Rob Reiner
as Joe Pierce
Mary Wickes
as Grandma
Conrad Bain
as Grandpa
Annette Bening
as Evelyn Ames
Simon Callow
as Simon Asquith
Gary Morton
as Marty Wiener
CCH Pounder
as Julie Marsden
Sidney Armus
as Sid Roth
Anthony Heald
as George Lazan
Dana Ivey
as Wardrobe Mistress
Oliver Platt
as Neil Bleene
Michael Ontkean
as Robert Munch
Peter Onorati
as Cameraman
Roy Helland
as Makeup Man
R.M. Haley
as Assistant Director No. 1
Gloria Crayton
as Maid at Party
John Verea
as Young Intern
René Assa
as Passport Official
Evelina Fernandez
as Airline Employee
Neil Machlis
as Rob Sonnenfeld
Gary Jones
as Fan at Party
Steven Brill
as Assistant Director No. 2
Shelley Kirk
as First Lady
Jessica Z. Diamond
as Script Supervisor
Scott Frankel
as Pianist at Party
Ken Gutstein
as Director of Photography
Gary Matanky
as Sound Editor
Marc Tubert
as Sound Editor
Natalija Nogulich
as Friend at Airport
Susan Forristal
as Friend at Airport
James Deeth
as Helicopter Pilot
Robert Marshall
as Helicopter Pilot
Jim Cuddy
as Blue Rodeo Band
Greg Keelor
as Blue Rodeo Band
Bazil Donovan
as Blue Rodeo Band
Mark French
as Blue Rodeo Band
Bob Weiseman
as Blue Rodeo Band
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Critic Reviews for Postcards from the Edge

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (10)

There's not much depth here, but Nichols does a fine job with the surface effects, and the wisecracks keep coming.

October 5, 2011 | Full Review…

In this era of postverbal cinema, Postcards proves that movie dialogue can still carry the sting, heft and meaning of the finest old romantic comedy.

October 5, 2011 | Full Review…

Packs a fair amount of emotional wallop in its dark-hued comic take on a chemically dependent Hollywood mother and daughter.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Fisher's intelligence and humour turn what might have been movie brat indulgence into something much sharper and involving.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Weak script but brilliant performances and moments of heart-twisting poignance and insight.

March 29, 2005 | Rating: 4/5
Top Critic

''Postcards From the Edge'' is a vehicle, but it's a custom-built Rolls.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Postcards from the Edge


Meryl Streep is amazing in this. The script is wonderful and the mother/daughter rivalry is expertly realized by Streep and Shirley MacLaine.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer

Cast: Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss, Rob Reiner, Mary Wickes, Conrad Bain, Annette Bening, Simon Callow Director: Mike Nichols Summary: Carrie Fisher's scathing, hilarious and confessional novel -- adapted from her own best-seller about a woman (Meryl Streep) who becomes addicted to drugs while pursuing a Hollywood acting career -- makes a successful transition to the big screen. Shirley MacLaine enjoys her best role in years as Streep's self-absorbed mother, a faded movie queen who meddles in her daughter's affairs and doesn't believe time has passed her by. My Thoughts: "How could you not want to see a film that has two great actresses as the leading ladies. Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine play mother and daughter, it doesn't get any better then this. They were both amazing in their roles of course. The film also has a very talented supporting cast, from Dennis Quaid to Gene Hackman and Richard Dreyfuss. Also a little cameo from Annette Bening. The film gives you a glimpse of the show biz world and what it was like for a daughter to not only grow up with a famous mother, but to also be in the spot light. The film has some great one-liners from Meryl's character Suzanne. It's funny in that dark comedy way. Which is exactly what this film is, a dark comedy. The relationship between mother and daughter is one of love and hate. The hate mostly coming from the daughter's end. The mother could be quite smothering at times. I thought it was a great film. One I wouldn't mind seeing again."


Super Reviewer

A cute little comedy with obvious influences from the inspiring book written by none other than Carrie Fisher. Her biting wit and Hollywood insight made for a highly original film. At the front of the cast is the amazing Meryl Streep who portrays another junkie looking for a reason to feel. The great Shirley Maclaine plays a loving caricature of Debbie Reynolds, the main drama in a film that badly needed it. It lacks a balance, but is entertaining.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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