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Cleopatra's Second Husband (1998)

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52

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 12

Critics say Cleopatra's Second Husband is unappetizing to watch and moves too slowly. Also, you don't care what happens to the characters.

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

Critics say Cleopatra's Second Husband is unappetizing to watch and moves too slowly. Also, you don't care what happens to the characters.

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Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 434

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Movie Info

Leaving for vacation, art photographer Robert (Hipp) and his controlling wife Hallie (Schram) leave their house to two house-sitters Zack (Kestner) and Sophie (Mitchell). Things take a turn when they return home and find that Zack and Sophie want to stay. A twisted erotic love triangle develops as this young married couple who've lost the passion in their relationship become involved with the sexy house sitters who won't leave...--© Indican

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Jon Reiss

Jul 30, 2002

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (12) | DVD (2)

It's a bitter pill to swallow, featuring a quartet of unsympathetic characters and an unrelenting air of misanthropy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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One of those potentially interesting movies that takes its sweet time getting to the point -- by which time many audience members will likely have bailed out or dozed off.

January 1, 2000
New York Post
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The characters are so dislikable that not much seems to be at stake.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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A diabolically clever psychological suspense movie.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Unlike its Hollywood kin ... this scene from the class gurgle has the courage of its convictions -- which are misanthropic enough to make Neil LaBute wince.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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For anyone who doesn't mind being exposed to something a little dark and unsettling, Cleopatra's Second Husband offers 90 minutes of intriguing cinema.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
ReelViews
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It becomes a quite interesting tale of co-dependency, and the illusions of control people can construct in their lives.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A tough thriller to find enjoyable or completely satisfying no matter how well crafted the story is by writer-director Jon Reiss ...

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A weakly performed rehash of master-slave role-reversal tales like The Servant.

January 1, 2000
San Francisco Examiner

Illogical, unentertaining, and downright unappetizing, this is a miserable attempt at black comedy that succeeds in neither making us hate, love, nor even feel sorry for its mischief makers.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Jon Reiss's script has trouble finding its footing, and the plot progresses in awkward jerks.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Citysearch
Citysearch

The story is so oddly executed that it frequently seems weird for weirdness' sake.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Paul Hipp ... garners no sympathy from the viewer as he allows, without reason, everyone to walk over his emotions and needs.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

The execution of [Reiss's] nightmare ultimately moves too slowly to make this late-blooming freak-out worth waiting for.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Brutality, poison, torture and other rainy-day fun rules the day and makes this somewhat derivative film an unhinged, sicko treat to watch.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: IFilm
IFilm

The transition isn't as smooth as it might be, but Reiss ... pulls it off better than you might expect, and Robert's revenge is genuinely chilling.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Shot in a house in an 18-day shoot, it still backs the wallop of a movie with much bigger stars and budget.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Startling in its originality, and while it's only 93 minutes long, the movie feels epic in its scope, thanks to all the twists and turns.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Taking a branch off the (early) Neil LaBute tree of filmmaking, Jon Reis has planted a fashionably disturbing offshoot, fertilized with heavy doses of "Rod-Serlingesque" irony

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

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