Married Life Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
The roundelay structure and Hitchcockian nods could have easily given way to a sardonic puppet theater, but Sachs and screenwriter Oren Moverman care too much about their characters to turn them into pawns
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
October 18, 2008
One of the more ethically dubious films to come out of Hollywood in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 18, 2008
This darkly comic dramatic thriller, which is set just after World War II, is more than merely watchable. It's very smart and is old-fashioned in several respects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
October 18, 2008
It is as though filmmaker Ira Sachs fears that just making a film about infidelity is too straight, too pedestrian, so, he's got to introduce the possibility that murder is on the horizon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 10, 2008
Even movies that dare to paint dark portraits of the sacred institution can't resist glorifying it in the end.
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
September 4, 2008
The ensemble cast chemistry is superb in its nearly suffocating tangle of repressed passions, but the family-values wrap-up of all these messy erotic tensions feels ultimately far too pat and unresolved.
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Once he gets out from under his influences and trusts his own gut, Sachs might become a major director.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 1, 2008
Thought-provoking themes swirl around in this drama, brought to life by a skilled cast and a director who plays with Hitchcockian themes and imagery. In the end, it feels a bit undercooked, but the actors keep us glued to the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
August 1, 2008
It's a good cast, with Cooper outstanding, but Sachs's direction is stodgy and the screenplay is grindingly self-conscious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Sun Online
August 1, 2008
The tangled web which slowly causes the film's relationships to disintegrate is brilliantly woven. However, you can't help wishing the climax packs a bit more of a dramatic punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Daily Mirror [UK]
August 1, 2008
A noirish 1940s-set character study, it's an initially intriguing tale of infidelity and betrayal that smoulders, but never quite catches fire.
Neil Smith
Total Film
August 1, 2008
A classy cast and production design to die for are the only features of note in an underpowered tale of adultery and intrigue in '50s America.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
August 1, 2008
Married Life may fall short of the best Hollywood melodrama, but its nicely observed situations and old-fashioned storytelling ironically lend this a freshness more on-the-nose infidelity tales are missing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
August 1, 2008
The movie is determinedly low-key, but honest, with a wrenching break-up scene, sharp work from Clarkson, and a final thought that lingers, about never really knowing what your other half is thinking.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
August 1, 2008
A well-acted but lugubrious noir, which is somehow not quite thrilling enough to be a thriller, and not quite profound enough to be a character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
August 1, 2008
The layers of deception are as meticulously constructed as the impeccable 1940s production and costume design. Unfortunately, the film doesn't maintain that distinctive noir cruelty, as hard as red lacquered finger nails.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Smith
Film4
July 31, 2008
A mannered comedy of manners that, in its eagerness to be all things to all people, ends up being nothing much of anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Paul Fairclough
Time Out
July 31, 2008
It looks beautiful, and the convoluted plotting is initially the right side of Hitchcock pastiche, but the central conundrum is teased out over so many twists and false climaxes that ultimately it's a shrug, not a shock, which greets the denouement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
July 31, 2008
Superbly directed, thought-provoking blend of Hitchcock movies, 1940s pastiche and Bette Davis-style melodrama, featuring terrific performances from Cooper and Clarkson.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
July 18, 2008
An ode to Hollywood movies of the 40s and 50s, with its rich story, its post-war middle class mores of US society, its production design and its characters blundering around a moral dilemma.
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