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Husbands Reviews

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Richard Brody
New Yorker
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Few films capture with such life-affirming wonder the despair, hatred, and incomprehension that drives the sexes together and apart.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

May 3, 2013
Philip French
Observer [UK]

Highly uneven, painfully drawn-out, deeply sincere, wildly misogynistic and at times agonisingly tedious. It is also intermittently brilliant, with moments of piercing honesty.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

September 30, 2012
Derek Malcolm
This is London

Cassavetes was a masterful anti-Hollywood director who probed human failings until he reached right under the skin.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

September 28, 2012
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

A brilliantly textured film to be savoured.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

September 27, 2012
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

Unyielding and underdeveloped, like a semi-interesting draft for something John Updike decided against writing.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph

September 27, 2012
Matthew Thrift
Little White Lies

Husbands may not be structurally perfect, but it's an unsentimental dissection of ego, fear and masculinity nonetheless.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 4/5

September 27, 2012
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

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 Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

September 25, 2012
Tom Dawson
Total Film

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 Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

September 20, 2012
Hannah McGill
The List

Veers from the ridiculous to the sublime with little shilly-shallying in between.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 4/5

September 18, 2012
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

... a personal, provocative and uncompromising vision and a daring journey into the psyche of American men.

Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online

January 14, 2010
Paul Brenner
Filmcritic.com

Husbands is devoid of story but filled with a present-tense vitality and emotional honesty

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

August 28, 2009
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Cassavetes' most dangerous and unfiltered expression of masculine anxiety -- a raw, deliberately off-putting masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly

August 25, 2009
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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 Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2/4

August 25, 2009
Armond White
New York Press

The history of American male aggression and insecurity comes filtered through Cassavetes, Falk and Gazzara's bravado. Better than authentic, they're fascinating.

Full Review Source: New York Press

August 5, 2009
Michael Scheinfeld
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 30, 2006
Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Intense, moving Cassavetes classic.

| Original Score: 5/5

July 6, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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 Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

November 26, 2005
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B-

July 1, 2005
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 9, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
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