Heartburn (1986)

Though she always played coy about the fact in interviews, Nora Ephron's novel Heartburn is a thinly disguised " clef" rehash of her marriage to Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein. Meryl Streep plays Rachel, an… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 25, 1986
DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite an astonishing collection of talent across the board, Heartburn's aimless plot inspires mild indigestion instead of romantic ardor.

Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

What's profound about it is its intimacy. You feel as if you were there, and it happened to you, and its heroism, the heroism of everyday life, is yours.

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Walter Goodman
New York Times

Unlike the babies that [Meryl Streep] carries convincingly through Rachel's pregnancies, the story has little weight.

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William Wolf
Gannett News Service

Despite engaging performances by Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson, the screen adaptation of Nora Ephron's popular novel is shallow and wan.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

This is the most disappointing film of the year, considering its pedigree -- a Mike Nichols film from a Nora Ephron script, starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Here and there, we see glimmers of the greatness of both Nicholson and Streep... Those moments are adrift in a sea of ennui.

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Kathi Maio

I really enjoyed Heartburn, despite the fact that the storyline seemed to go nowhere. I wouldn't have wanted to miss Meryl Streep's performance for anything.

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom

Uneven script, but brilliant performances.

Octavi Marti
El Pais (Spain)

Heartburn is another example of the crisis American cinema is undergoing. [Full Review in Spanish]

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Dennis Schwartz
Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The food-sex jokes come off half-baked.

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Norah Ephron's book launched this film, which tackles the tricky subject of infidelity without much complexity. The film covers the emotional rollercoaster… More
Nicki Marie
I think I would rather cut my ear off than watch this movie ever again. While technically a good film, it has been a long time since I loathed two characters… More
Jim Hunter
The marriage between a columnist and his wife degrades when she discovers his infidelity. Nora Ephron makes me hate white people. These two privileges,… More
Mike T.
Another fantastic film from Mike Nichols. This darker than dark comedy is powered by marvelous performances from Nicholson and Streep and signature directorial… More
jay nixon
Bittersweet comic drama that knowing the actual background inspiration is at times uncomfortable to watch. Nicholson is fine but Meryl's is the performance… More
Sunil Jawahir
Nice chemistry but just an okay movie.