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Married Life Reviews

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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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 4, 2008
It's as dry as the martinis these well-dressed stiffs keep ordering at that perfectly preserved oak, leather and velvet bar before hopping into their vintage convertibles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 6, 2008
Maybe there's nothing more to say and American cinema has finally exhausted its ragging on the most maligned decade of the 20th century.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 18, 2007
Teeters between film genres, not ever quite making up its mind what it strives for.
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
March 4, 2008
All over the place in tone, never knowing if it wants to be a relationship comedy, a serious drama or a Hitchcock murder thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
October 1, 2007
Doesn't have much to say about marriage other than that it's complex, and often fraught with disappointment, deception and conflicting urges.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Betsy Bozdech
Hollywood.com
March 7, 2008
Stuck somewhere between a dark comedy and a thriller, director Ira Sachs' Married Life doesn't really work as either, leaving its strong cast adrift.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
March 28, 2008
In many ways, Married Life is a Coen Brothers knock-off without a bit of the boys' accomplishment or bravado.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kevin Craft
Miami Herald
March 28, 2008
It oscillates between stale period piece and unengaging melodrama, coyly seducing viewers with the potential it fails to fulfill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Diva Velez
TheDivaReview.com
March 9, 2008
Married Life suffers from its indecision as to whether to be a sophisticated comedy or a heavy dramatic piece and ends up excelling at neither. It's a regrettable collection of bad choices, missed opportunities and a waste of a great cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 26, 2007
Pic is dramatic but lacks a dynamic; one can sense the director's intent and affection for the form, but also see that working in this stylized vein does not necessarily come easily for a filmmaker of his hitherto more naturalistic tendencies.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 7, 2008
Just when things should be boiling over, the script goes lukewarm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 21, 2008
It's strange how a movie with this many different things happening could be so dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 13, 2008
The multiple endings suggest that the filmmakers themselves never really knew what their movie was about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Peter Brunette
Screen International
September 22, 2007
The film is hampered by a plodding and unimaginative script whose situations are pedestrian and whose dialogue is much less sparkling than the filmmakers appear to think it is.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
March 17, 2008
Asks the audience to spend a lot of time waiting for not much to happen.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 7, 2008
This is a period melodramatic potboiler that has an OK (though predictable) story arc and benefits from its exemplary cast and terrific attention to post-WW II New York detail in costume and set.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
March 25, 2008
The performances from this extraordinary cast are as sumptuous as you'd expect, but they disappear into a wisp of insignificance.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 7, 2008
Rather than real emotion, the movie stops at irony...It's an entertaining approach, all right, but it does the material no real service.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

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October 18, 2008
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008

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July 14, 2011
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