• R, 1 hr. 48 min.
  • Drama, Romance, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Woody Allen
    In Theaters:
    Oct 18, 1992 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 16, 2002
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Husbands and Wives Reviews

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Smart, sensitive and packed with quality performances.

Full Review Source: Film4

March 23, 2009
Todd McCarthy
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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 Source: Variety

March 23, 2009
Mark Honigsbaum
Empire Magazine

Excellent performances from Pollack and Davis in particular, make this one of Woody's finest of the 90s.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

March 23, 2009
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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 Source: Chicago Reader

March 23, 2009
David Ansen
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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 Source: Newsweek

October 18, 2008
Rob Gonsalves

This last waltz between America's most prestigious film couple has a tone of muted regret, not confession or sensationalism.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

September 24, 2007
Emanuel Levy

Too bad that the Allen-Farrow scandal erupted before this movie for it's one of Allen's best serio comedies with wonderful performances (particularly Judy Davis), but questions of life imitating art or art imitating life are inevitable while watching it

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A-

October 26, 2006
Christopher Null

Bleak yet strangely compelling look at modern romance.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 6, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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With excellent performances (Davis and Pollack in particular), it's his finest film since Hannah and Her Sisters.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

One of [Woody Allen's] greatest films.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

November 8, 2004
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Allen in moderately experimental mode. Good, but not one of his best.

| Original Score: 4/5

November 20, 2003
Dragan Antulov

The acting is top notch.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10

November 13, 2003

TV Guide's Movie Guide

This is one of Woody Allen's best films to date, combining some of his finest serious writing about relationships, in the style of Hannah and her Sisters, with humor that's all the more effective thanks to its dark, edgy context.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/4

July 30, 2003
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives is a very fine, sometimes brutal comedy about a small group of contemporary New Yorkers.

Full Review Source: New York Times

May 20, 2003
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Woody Allen's latest movie, Husbands and Wives, is one of his best films and is a fascinating look at the breakup of two people.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: 4/4

March 23, 2003
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Thought of as Woody Allen's artistic comeback. A wonderful exploration of relationships.

| Original Score: 4/5

January 8, 2003
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Examines the ways the soul of a marriage can be sustained or shattered by change and conflict.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

August 23, 2002


Husbands and Wives is a comedy that explores serious themes - or perhaps a drama that is at times hysterically funny.

| Original Score: 4/4

June 15, 2002
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Ten years ago, Husbands and Wives played second fiddle to Woody Allen's all-media split with Mia Farrow.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

April 28, 2002
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

...A far more complex and satisfying essay on the subject of infidelity than the overpraised Hannah and Her Sisters.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 31, 2002
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