Married Life Reviews

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Top Critic
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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

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
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
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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.

Empire Magazine
June 27, 2008
It swings from Far From Heaven-alike lush melodrama to Double Indemnity-like noir to something approaching black comedy, and the transitions never quite work. Accomplished then, but no classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
June 18, 2008
All in all, this was a fun little, old fashioned pot boiler.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 2, 2008
It's elegant, unhurried, and, if you meet it half way, softly satisfying ... like the muffled clap of a velvet-covered ring box snapping shut.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
May 2, 2008
I suspect Hitchcock would enjoy watching this slow-churning thriller, which pilfers a few of the master's storytelling tricks as it revels in its own dark heart.
| Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 22, 2008
Agreeable, nicely adult entertainment that's satisfying without ever being exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
April 13, 2008
Sachs combines humor, suspense, and twists of plot that keep the ground shifting under our feet.

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008

Irish Times
October 18, 2008
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