Frankie & Johnny
Frankie & Johnny (1991)

Based on a popular off-Broadway play by Terrence McNally, this drama chronicles the bittersweet romance between an ex-con who gets a job slinging hash at a local greasy spoon and the misanthropic plain-Jane waitress who works there.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 11, 1991
DVD Release Date: December 4, 2001
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Henry Sheehan
Chicago Reader

But this is more than just an irritating movie; it's a disappointing one.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

The movie is mature enough to understand that love, contrary to our starry-eyed fantasies, often demands a spark of will - that at some point you have to leave your cloister behind and say that, yes, this is the person I'm going to take a chance on.

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TV Guide Staff
TV Guide

Marshall adds a poignancy to his lovers' quest by showing the price of failure in characters surrounding them, who either live with their loneliness or, worse, have settled for bad relationships out of need rather than love.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Our Flick of the Week is ''Frankie & Johnny,'' which manages to work as a sudsy romantic picture about big city loneliness despite an awkward performance by Al Pacino in the role of a hash-house dispenser of wisdom.

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Variety Staff

Frankie and Johnny is an all-star, high-gloss, feel-good romantic feature sitcom.

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Teo Bugbee

This is what a romantic comedy looks like when it's being built on scar tissue.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Chances are you'll have a good time with "Frankie & Johnny," but you won't respect yourself in the morning. It's that kind of movie.

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Brian Case
Time Out

Marshall directs as if Marty had never happened.

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Chuck O'Leary

An absolutely delightful and tender romantic comedy. Succeeds so well because of the great, very real performances by the two leads and writer Terrence McNally's smart, often hilarious dialogue.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Wahida K
Nice classic
Panta Oz
I never had a chance to write anything about this film directed by Garry Marshall before. But after watching after so many years ago I really enjoyed Al Pacino… More
Leigh Ryan
John Ballantine
Excellent depiction of why love is blocked by the toll that existence sometimes takes on us.
Cameron Johnson
So, Al Pacino's Johnny character is a poor, middle-aged homely dude who has to work as a short-order cook and begins a relationship with a waitress who has… More
Mike T.
One of the most enjoyable, intelligent and well-acted romantic comedies I've ever seen. The themes are unusually potent for a film of this genre, and… More