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Husbands and Wives (1992)

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Critic Consensus: Husbands and Wives is a blistering, emotionally raw snapshot of two marriages self-destructing.


Movie Info

One of Woody Allen's most seemingly biographical films, Husbands and Wives opens with upper-middle class Manhattan couple Sally (Judy Davis) and Jack (Sydney Pollack) announcing to their best friends, the Roths, that they are splitting up. Gabe Roth (Allen) and his wife Judy (Mia Farrow) are taken aback by their casual revelation. Jack begins dating his dim, but sexy, aerobics instructor and Sally starts up a tentative romance with Michael (Liam Neeson). Gabe and Judy begin analyzing their … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama , Romance , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Woody Allen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 16, 2002
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Cast


as Gabe Roth ...

as Judy Roth

as Michael

as Judy's Ex-Husband

as TV Scientist

as Shawn Grainger

as Harriet

as Judy's Ex-Husband

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as Rain's Analyst

as Receptionist

as Receptionist

as Rain's Mother

as Rain's Father

as Peter Styles

as Rain's Ex-Lover

as Rain's Ex-lover

as Rain's Boyfriend

as Dinner Party Guest

as Dinner Party Guest

as Dinner Party Guest

as Dinner Party Guest

as Dinner Party Guest

as Gabe's Novel Montage

as Gabe's Novel Montage

as Gabe's Novel Montage

as Gabe's Novel Montage

as Gabe's Novel Montage

as Gabe's Novel Montage

as Taxi Dispatcher

as Banducci Family Memb...

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as Birthday Party Guest

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as Interviewer/Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Husbands and Wives

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (12)

In all respects, this is a full meal, as it deals with the things of life with intelligence, truthful drama and rueful humor.

Full Review… | March 23, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Allen's conception of character is as banal and shallow as ever, but the lively performances of some of his actors and the novelty of the film's style make this more watchable than many of his features.

Full Review… | March 23, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It doesn't suffer from the compulsive tidiness of some of Allen's later movies -- the juices are flowing, the hysteria is closer to the surface -- and in this looser, more volatile atmosphere his extraordinary cast gets to soar.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Newsweek
Top Critic

With excellent performances (Davis and Pollack in particular), it's his finest film since Hannah and Her Sisters.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives is a very fine, sometimes brutal comedy about a small group of contemporary New Yorkers.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Husbands and Wives is a defining film for these emotionally embattled times; it's classic Woody Allen.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Husbands and Wives

½

The early nineties' shift from the ideal of true love to a boon in modernized romances is very clearly defined in this very real and poignant film from Woody Allen. The film looks at the lives of two couples, Jack and Sally (Pollack and Davis) and Gabe and Judy (Allen and Farrow), who each flirt with the ideas of separation, divorce, dating, and open marriage. Each character plays off all the others so well, and the amazing performances from Davis and Farrow especially lend authenticity and humanity to an otherwise maudlin tale. The film doesn't capture the attitudes of people with everything figured out, but instead these manic, often confused, and regularly volatile people who don't understand what they want, or how to get it. At the end, the characters' motivations become clear and we see what dispassion and animosity can grant in a relationship.

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FrizzDrop
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

The mockumentary set-up is rather unnecessary, and some of the relationships make and break too quickly, but the script holds nothing back. These husbands and wives sure get ugly: from Sally's darkly comedic manic episodes during a blind date to Jack orchestrating an ill-timed reunion while making his new squeeze wait in the car.

What this movie is though is a tour de force showcase for the acting talents of Judy Davis and Juliette Lewis. I hesitate to call them "Woody's Women" - an endearing though patronizing moniker for his ingenues - because that implies ownership, and since this is purported to be a biographical film, Rain's criticisms of Gabe's patriarchal views of females in his book may hit close to Woody's own home.

Judy Davis is shrill and brittle, but sensuously so. I've never thought much of beady-eyed Juliette Lewis, but her wise-beyond-her-years creative writing co-ed steals every scene. Rain's gratitude is never insincere, and her flirtation is subtle. The long take of her placid face in the cab as Gabe insults her for being honest about his book is so great because she just takes it. She doesn't get upset; she knows she's worth it.

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aliceinpunderland
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Whether you are a fan of Allen or not, this film needs to be watched for the opening scene alone. When Jack (Sydney Pollack) and Sally (Sally Davis) come over for a dinner at their friend's Gabe (Woody Allen) and Judy's (Mia Farrow) house, they inform the unexpecting couple that their marriage is dissolving. This is where Allen's genius comes in. Rather than focusing on Jack & Sally, he focuses on Gabe & Judy's reaction to the news and the implications it has on their own marriage. Using a handheld, Allen invasively follows Gabe and Judy. As the camera shakes and follows the disquieted couple, you really get the sense that this news has shaken their foundation. It is a brilliant scene and in my opinion, Woody's best.

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Reid Volk

Super Reviewer

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