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The Other Man (2008)



Average Rating: 4.1/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 34

Despite the best efforts of a talented cast, The Other Man is talky, witless, and tension-free.


Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 17

Despite the best efforts of a talented cast, The Other Man is talky, witless, and tension-free.



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After many years of marriage a man's wife dies. Shortly afterwards, a letter arrives for her from another man. Obsessed with finding out the truth, the husband writes back, impersonating his dead wife. Soon he discovers a love which he cannot understand.



Richard Eyre, Charles Wood

Apr 7, 2009

Image Entertainment

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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (34)

Neeson, in particular, has to rumble through the movie behaving in a way consistent with the ending and comes off as far over the top in the process.

October 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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The result is B-grade cheese. The only genuine mystery, for me, is why such a fine cast signed on for such a witless movie.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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Everyone seems as if they're going through the motions.

September 25, 2009
Dallas Morning News
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Before long, the characters, which director Richard Eyre adapted from a Bernhard Schlink short story, cease to be people and start to become devices.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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Despite the gimlet eye of Richard Eyre, former director of England's Royal National Theatre, and the top-echelon talents of an impressive cast, a dreary, disabled disaster called The Other Man drops dead at the starting gate.

September 23, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Despite the cast, which is very good, you never feel like they're really taking on a life of their own.

September 15, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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A manipulative bore of a film. Liam Neeson is better than this and so are you.

October 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Moviedex

A good character study lost in the haze of bad thriller gimmickry.

January 11, 2010 Full Review Source:

Strangely inhospitable, perhaps better appreciated three margaritas into a Sunday afternoon Lifetime film festival than a critical Friday night rental.

December 7, 2009 Full Review Source:

Its plotting leans more toward silly, soap opera-ish machinations, and while Banderas is as charming as ever, there are a couple of crucial bits of miscasting.

October 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A turgid tale of adultery among the rich and boring.

September 29, 2009 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

It was directed by British theater director Richard Eyre, who knows how to line up the shots but not how to make us feel the compulsive hunger that drives Peter to the brink of a very tidy, stiff-upper-lip breakdown.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A skewed psychological thriller revolving around the many forms of betrayal.

September 14, 2009 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

A contrived, poorly crafted, sophomoric and bland thriller that can't even be saved by its stellar cast.

September 12, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Stagy to a fault, and painfully uneventful, "The Other Man" suffocates from the pitiable writing at hand.

September 12, 2009 Full Review Source:

Near the end, Peter issues this verdict on his romantic rival, "Appalling...but also rather wonderful." Applied to the film itself, he's half right.

September 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

An oddly affecting drama offers much food for thought on the after-effects of adultery and the toxin that can wither our soul when we are overtaken by jealousy.

September 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for The Other Man

The Other Man, it's for sure, a truly waste of time. Not only to the audience, but also for the actors, the writer, director, all the crew, for everyone that had made or watch it. When the movie could finally change, at least a not so terrible end it flaws. Talented actors in a real lost of time and money. Rotten.
January 4, 2013
Lucas Martins

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This drama film is ultimately disappointing and deserving of its relatively low rating because its edit is annoying and telegraphs where it is going. It is about adultery and triangle of love among the husband, wife and her lover. The story is supported by Liam Neeson, Laura Linney and Antonio Banderas, but unfortunately the suspenseful screenplay has a disappointing conclusion.
What baffles the viewer is the way the story has been set. One moment Lisa (Linney) is going to Milan for work, and the next, she has mysteriously disappeared. Nothing prepares us for the reality of the situation. Lisa obviously has left all the clues in her notebook for Peter (Neeson) to find. In fact, she is almost at the point of confessing to her husband her deception, but she probably wanted to spare him the truth.
April 17, 2011
Dean McKenna

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    1. Peter: I want to know who he is and I want an identity.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Abigail: Hello? Dad?
    2. Peter: Listen, can I talk to you?
    3. Abigail: Yeah. Just talk dad, it's what people do on phones.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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