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My Wife Is an Actress (2002)


Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 73
Fresh: 48
Rotten: 25

Critics Consensus: My Wife is an Actress is a delightful, snappy romantic comedy.

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 17
Rotten: 7

Critics Consensus: My Wife is an Actress is a delightful, snappy romantic comedy.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 3,122



Movie Info

Paris can boast a population of 2,125,246. Of these 1,153,000 are women and 10,000 are actresses. Yvan, a young sports writer, is married to one who is very well known - Charlotte. They try to live a normal life, but her fame makes it difficult - autograph hunters interrupt their dinners, cops about to serve traffic summonses let them off with a warning and a smile when they recognize her, and impossible-to-get restaurant reservations magically appear when Charlotte makes the calls instead of … More

R (for language and nudity/sexuality)
Drama , Romance , Art House & International , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Yvan Attal
In Theaters:
Dec 10, 2002
Box Office:
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for My Wife Is an Actress

All Critics (87) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (25) | DVD (10)

Attal pushes too hard to make this a comedy or serious drama. He seems to want both, but succeeds in making neither.

Full Review… | October 11, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

I found it slow, predictable and not very amusing.

Full Review… | October 11, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

My Wife Is an Actress is an utterly charming French comedy that feels so American in sensibility and style it's virtually its own Hollywood remake.

Full Review… | September 20, 2002
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

The film's as witty as any subtitled movie has a right to be.

August 22, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

It's Othello Lite -- minus that bit at the end about murder-suicide, but with every ounce of Shakespeare's insane emotion.

Full Review… | August 16, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Little more than a frothy vanity project.

August 16, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Quirky French films like this can either work really well or be absolutely intolerable. Thankfully, this proves to be a very enjoyable comedy about jealousy.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

Both Yvan Attal and Charlotte Gainsborough are thoroughly appealing, as their unblinking honesty and openness shines through even the film's silliest bits.

Full Review… | August 31, 2003
Apollo Guide

Attal's hang-ups surrounding infidelity are so old-fashioned and, dare I say, outdated, it's a wonder that he couldn't have brought something fresher to the proceedings simply by accident.

January 19, 2003
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Never less than clever and often digs down into some uncomfortable realities about the strange lives of that odd species known as 'movie people.'

Full Review… | December 8, 2002
Film Threat

God help the poor woman if Attal is this insecure in real life: his fictional Yvan's neuroses are aggravating enough to exhaust the patience of even the most understanding spouse.

Full Review… | November 19, 2002

"My Wife is an Actress" blends elements of fiction and reality, shakes them up and hopes for the best.

Full Review… | October 21, 2002
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

It's the kind of movie that ends up festooning U.S. art house screens for no reason other than the fact that it's in French (well, mostly) with English subtitles and is magically 'significant' because of that.

Full Review… | October 16, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Starts off witty and sophisticated and you want to love it -- but filmmaker Yvan Attal quickly writes himself into a corner.

Full Review… | October 11, 2002
Jam! Movies

Not only is this material slight, it also seems ridiculously padded.

Full Review… | October 11, 2002
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A funny valentine to show business and marriage, an inside joke that plays humorously for anybody to grasp.

Full Review… | October 11, 2002
Salt Lake Tribune

The three leads produce adequate performances, but what's missing from this material is any depth of feeling.

Full Review… | September 23, 2002

My Wife's plotting is nothing special; it's the delivery that matters here.

Full Review… | September 12, 2002
Kansas City Star

The situation and humor are sitcom quality at best.

September 8, 2002
Your Movies (

Part comedy, part drama, the movie winds up accomplishing neither in full, and leaves us feeling touched and amused by several moments and ideas, but nevertheless dissatisfied with the movie as a whole.

Full Review… | September 1, 2002
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for My Wife Is an Actress

The marriage between a successful actress and a sportswriter suffers as a result of jealousy, distance, and the nature of her profession.
After watching this film, you shouldn't wonder why relationships in Hollywood last as long as milk on a hot day. Yvan Attal's deft, comic story-telling renders all the awkwardness a man might feel while watching his wife naked on screen. And the scene in which he surprises her on set only to find the entire cast and crew naked is truly hilarious. I'm glad that the film stopped at sexual jealousy and didn't suggest that Yvan was emasculated because his wife's success eclipsed his own. Such a plot would have been cliche and reduced Yvan's character to nothing more than a typically insecure male.
Terence Stamp is perfectly cast as the cad co-star who crosses the line between creating "on-screen chemistry" and seducing another man's wife. His lecherous looks make him dangerously charming, and there is the right amount of self-aggrandizing to make his character worthy of comic ridicule.
I was fully prepared to go as high as four stars until the end. I don't know what Attal was thinking, but the story never resolved. We never know what motivates this couple's decision, and as a result, it's difficult to determine what exactly Attal is saying about these characters or the business of filmmaking.
Overall, though, My Wife Is an Actress provides some brilliant moments and is filled with charming performances.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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