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Diary of a Mad Housewife

Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970)

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Superstardom was predicted for Carrie Snodgress on the basis of her spectacular film debut in Diary of a Mad Housewife. Snodgress plays the long-suffering wife of pushy, insensitive attorney Richard Benjamin. Unable to withstand being treated as a trophy (and a tarnished one at that), Snodgress has a brief affair with sexy Frank Langella. Alas, Langella, like virtually every other male character in the film, is just as selfish and self-involved as Benjamin. Even when she enters group therapy,

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (3)

An engrossing story of the disintegration of a modern loveless marriage.

October 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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It's an entertaining satire that disappoints only in the stereotypically limited choices it offers to the woman.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Among the performers, Carrie Snodgress will surely receive the critical praise she deeply deserves.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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What makes the movie work, however, is that it's played entirely from the housewife's point of view, and that the housewife is played brilliantly by Carrie Snodgress.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The three leads are excellent.

October 30, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Frank Perry's screen version lacks the satirical bite of the novel but benefits from the powerful performance of Carrie Snodgress who deservedly received an Oscar nomination.

July 17, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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A nice little oddity.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Audience Reviews for Diary of a Mad Housewife

The story of an average housewife who is married to the most annoying man in the world, you can't blame her for cheating on him! You sympathize with her. This is a fantastic drama, very psychological and intense. Plus, there's a scene with an early Alice Cooper band playing at a party! Check it out, it's cool.
December 13, 2010
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"Diary of a Mad Housewife" is impeccably acted and characterized, though more "play-like" than I prefer. There is little action beyond small-room dialogue, and no notable directing choices beyond a couple of sharp time-lapse montages. I always heard Carrie Snodgrass's Oscar-nominated performance was amazing, but I was actually more impressed with Richard Benjamin. Without relying on any of the usual vices (physical abuse, addiction, womanizing), Benjamin's social-climbing lawyer manages to be one of the most repellent husbands you've ever seen in a film. Self-involved, needy, callous, childish, grasping, anal-retentive...he has it all. Every time he playfully suggests "a roll in dee ha-ay" to his wife, you hope she'll brain him with a baseball bat.

Frank Langella is also good as a self-involved cad who (initially) seems like a refreshing escape for Snodgrass. Music fans will enjoy an unexpected live performance by Alice Cooper and band, and there's also an oh-so-brief cameo by the young Peter Boyle.

Hard to guess why this film was never released on DVD.
December 26, 2011
Eric Broome

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Perhaps a bit tame by today's comparison, Diary of a Mad Housewife was unique for its time period in depicting the depression felt by those stay at home moms. Kudos to Frank Langella who I haven't managed to see much in his youth.
July 29, 2013
John Ballantine

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