A Letter to Three Wives Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 29, 2015
A sophisticated and witty slice of life drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
October 6, 2014
Despite its emotional intensity, the film is comic, effervescently so, and its magical ending lends wit a metaphysical dimension.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
December 6, 2013
There's a lot more focus on the development of the women while the men in their lives are really just window dressing. It's this angle that makes the film most intriguing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
September 21, 2013
If this were a comedy it might be considered a comedy of manners, because it's all about the social customs of an age-and all the actors do a fine job of bringing the age's nuances to their characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 18, 2013
"A Letter to Three Wives" remains a very poignant and universal story today, giving you the feeling that it could take place anytime and anywhere. Of course, it also helps that it's just a good old fashioned and entertaining experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
January 24, 2007
Mankiewicz's plot device is brilliant and intriguing: On the way to an annual picnic, three housewives learn through a letter that the town's most desirable woman had run off with one of their husbands--flashbacks reveal the state of their marriages.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 30, 2004
Star-loaded film with innovative plot.
| Original Score: 4/5
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 10, 2004
Much of what makes All About Eve such a brilliant film was used previously (and to good effect) in A Letter to Three Wives.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 14, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 29, 2004
Sharp and bright multi-character film from Mankiewicaz at his best.
| Original Score: 5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
September 5, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
David Poland
Hot Button
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
March 22, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Mankiewicz's writing is bright and hard -- he's sharpening his teeth for All About Eve, made the next year -- but his acid wit is almost too much for his fragile characters to bear.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 5, 2013
Writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz's riveting melodrama is set up like a whodunit, only instead of a murderer, the guilty party is a philandering husband.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety
March 26, 2009
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006

Film4
May 24, 2003
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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