The Prince of Tides
The Prince of Tides (1991)

Nick Nolte stars as Tom Wingo, a football coach grappling with his family's tragic history with the help of psychiatrist Susan Lowenstein (played by Barbra Streisand, who also directed) is this melodramatic adaptation of the Pat Conroy… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 25, 1991
DVD Release Date: November 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Although the central romance arguably suffocates the heart of the drama, a moving performance by Nick Nolte and Barbra Streisand's deft direction give The Prince of Tides a soulful edge.

Barry McIlheney
Empire Magazine

Graced with fine performances and commendably biting off more than it can ever hope to chew, The Prince Of Tides is a rare slice of romantic moviemaking for all those grown-ups feeling ignored since Kramer Vs. Kramer last rattled their value systems.

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Time Out

They do make 'em like it any more.

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David Harris
Spectrum Culture

The Prince of Tides remains important as the wellspring of a woman director/star who held her ground against the boys club of the Hollywood system and ultimately came out on top.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The results may seem overripe and dated in spots, but she coaxes a fine performance out of Nolte, and the other actors (herself included) acquit themselves honorably.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The Prince of Tides marks Ms. Streisand's triumphantly good job of locating that story's salient elements and making them come alive on the screen.

Matt Brunson
Film Frenzy

Barbra Streisand critics like to harp on her narcissism, but there's no questioning her overwhelming generosity on this project. The movie completely belongs to Nick Nolte, who delivers a career-best performance.

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Variety Staff

A deeply moving exploration of the tangled emotions of a dysfunctional Southern family, this lovingly crafted (though unevenly scripted) film of Pat Conroy's novel centers on Nick Nolte's performance of a lifetime.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Streisand hyperbolizes everything, from James Newton Howard's whackingly obtrusive score to Nick Nolte's overripe narration.

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Vanessa Letts
The Spectator

The main problem with Prince of Tides, however, is not the acting or the direction, but the source material... it reeks of bad novel.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhăes
A sappy and overpraised movie that is all over the place trying to bite off a lot more than it can chew, even discarding its heavy-handed family drama (which… More
Jason Spencer
This is a character driven movie with some really messed up characters. The movie is a little slow for my tastes and I really didn't go for the pairing of… More
Jim Hunter
When a man's sister attempts suicide, he moves to New York and consults with her therapist with whom he begins an affair. Nick Nolte is a remarkable actor… More
Red Lats
Tom (Nick Nolte) moves from Atlanta to New York to help his twin sister (Savannah). Savannah's psychiatrist, Lowenstein (Barbra Streisand.) asks Tom to be… More
Cassie Hill
Very good movie. Another Barbra Streisand classic!
Lafe Fredbjornson
A powerful character story. It's fun seeing Barbara Streisand as a psychiatrist in a serious romantic drama. Nick Nolte plays a traumatized adult whom she… More