Husbands Reviews

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Top Critic
Richard Brody
New Yorker
May 3, 2013
Few films capture with such life-affirming wonder the despair, hatred, and incomprehension that drives the sexes together and apart.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
September 30, 2012
Highly uneven, painfully drawn-out, deeply sincere, wildly misogynistic and at times agonisingly tedious. It is also intermittently brilliant, with moments of piercing honesty.
Derek Malcolm
This is London
September 28, 2012
Cassavetes was a masterful anti-Hollywood director who probed human failings until he reached right under the skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
September 27, 2012
A brilliantly textured film to be savoured.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
September 27, 2012
Unyielding and underdeveloped, like a semi-interesting draft for something John Updike decided against writing.
Matthew Thrift
Little White Lies
September 27, 2012
Husbands may not be structurally perfect, but it's an unsentimental dissection of ego, fear and masculinity nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
September 25, 2012
If Cassavetes' hipster cine-language has lost a little of its age and the innovative improv style won't be for everyone, the themes he tackles, riffed by a masterful group of actors, remain enthralling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
September 20, 2012
A gruelling and sometimes exasperating film, notable for its raw performances - as well as its avoidance of close-ups and point-of-view shots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Hannah McGill
The List
September 18, 2012
Veers from the ridiculous to the sublime with little shilly-shallying in between.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
January 14, 2010
... a personal, provocative and uncompromising vision and a daring journey into the psyche of American men.
Paul Brenner
August 28, 2009
Husbands is devoid of story but filled with a present-tense vitality and emotional honesty
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
August 25, 2009
Cassavetes' most dangerous and unfiltered expression of masculine anxiety -- a raw, deliberately off-putting masterpiece.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 25, 2009
as a time capsule rendition of men being boys, it certainly has an inherent intrigue, but it is not one of Cassavetes' strongest films
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Armond White
New York Press
August 5, 2009
The history of American male aggression and insecurity comes filtered through Cassavetes, Falk and Gazzara's bravado. Better than authentic, they're fascinating.
Michael Scheinfeld
TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 30, 2006
Most of Cassavetes's cinema verite films as a director are invariably accused (and with some justification) of being rambling, self-indulgent, and unfocused, but it is precisely those elements that make his best work so affecting and memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
July 6, 2006
Intense, moving Cassavetes classic.
| Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 26, 2005
An overlong improv piece that when it's not tedious or startling settles on showing the emptiness of suburban life for three married New York commuters.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Emanuel Levy
July 1, 2005
Largely dismissed in 1970, Husbands is not one of the helmer's best films, but a flawed Cassavetes is still worth watching and this mid-career work offers a poignant, utterly frank and harsh look at men's innermost anxieties and insecurities.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
It is almost unbearably long. It is a narrative film without any real narrative, and although it is a movie about three characters, those characters are seen almost exclusively in terms of their limiting relationship.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
John Cassavetes' Husbands is disappointing in the way Antonioni's Zabriskie Point was. It shows an important director not merely failing, but not even understanding why.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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