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The Stepford Wives (2004)



Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 168
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 124

In exchanging the chilling satire of the original into mindless camp, this remake has itself become Stepford-ized.


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 27

In exchanging the chilling satire of the original into mindless camp, this remake has itself become Stepford-ized.



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Ira Levin's best-selling novel about a town where great wives aren't born but made gets a second screen adaptation in this darkly satirical comedy drama. Joanna Eberhart (Nicole Kidman) is a successful television executive until one day her career hits the glass ceiling and crashes to the ground. Looking to take some time off to start over, Joanna and her husband, Walter Kresby (Matthew Broderick), pull up stakes and move to the peaceful suburban community of Stepford. Walter takes to his new

Nov 9, 2004


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All Critics (183) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (124) | DVD (18)

To paraphrase Paul Rudnick's Premiere magazine movie-critic alter ego, Libby Gelman-Waxner: It's flat, cold, fork-resistant and tasteless, if you ask me.

June 24, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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It has a wonderfully wounding malice directed at both the Stepford, Conn., contingent of Energizer Bunny wives and the New Yorkers who have just moved in.

June 17, 2004 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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It has two speeds -- obvious and more so.

June 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Very good dialogue, the rest of this stuff just falls apart.

June 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Satirizing The Stepford Wives is pointless.

June 12, 2004 Full Review Source:
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It glides by on the notion that there is little that is still frightening about being an American woman. I wish I could say it was a premise whose time had come.

November 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Comedic remake of '70s horror movie has sex humor.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

There's not a single redeeming feature in this colossal over-budgeted waste of time...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

As comedies go, it's actually fairly funny, albeit in a light, superficial way which either hides or exposes the fact that the plot is a thick tangle of mutual contradictions.

October 11, 2006
Christianity Today

The remake of The Stepford Wives is the gayest major motion picture ever made - and remember, I saw Troy.

April 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Freeze Dried Movies
Freeze Dried Movies

In 1975, The Stepford Wives ... seemed creepy and socially relevant. Today, it just feels dull.

December 16, 2004

What a sad, sad mess.

November 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
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November 14, 2004 Full Review

Absent the suspense and satirical thrust of its predecessor, The Stepford Wives is a star-studded, soft-centered piece of whimsy

September 12, 2004 Full Review
Las Vegas Mercury

"The Stepford Wives" is a terrific comedy, but a lousy motion picture.

September 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Ao que parece, os realizadores de Mulheres Perfeitas acreditaram que o público seria tão dócil e manipulável quanto as esposas retratadas em sua trama.

July 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

There just aren't enough laughs to distract from the vast fault-lines in the story

July 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

For better or worse, Stepford Wives is classic Frank Oz. At times ludicrous and stereotypical, but always funny.

July 25, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

With its smart script and dead-on comic performances, it actually works.

July 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Frank Oz has made a career of making comedy out of on-set tensions and his actors' personal anxieties.

July 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Snobs
Film Snobs

As written by Paul Rudnick, who wields one of the cattiest pens in Hollywood, this new version of "The Stepford Wives" suggests he might want to try a fresh pot of ink.

July 6, 2004
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

This version quickly falls in and out of form, deviating from comedy to thriller...losing the social significance of the original.

July 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Oregon Herald

A confused production, replete with weak jokes and embarrassing stereotypes, earn the film one star, but I'll throw in an extra half star for Kidman's engaging performance.

June 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf
Movie Boeuf

Oz's toothless vehicle is never able to capture the dark humor of its calculated convictions...has no apparent rhyme or reason to its meandering madness

June 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

The Stepford Wives willingly dispenses with a strong conceit in its unbridled urge to be ridiculous, taken here as a synonym of "entertaining."

June 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
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Audience Reviews for The Stepford Wives

Weird film. Creepy how they controlled them like that and it was a great fictional story.
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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Aside from a decent cast, this is a train wreck of a film. It is completely unmemorable and has little meaning aside from cheap laughs. It attempts to be a comedy, a horrible decision on the film maker's part. It could've been a decent remake, but it just became a failure. They just had no respect for the source material or the horror aspect. The feminism is too obvious and overdone. There is no real threat, it all seems to work out fine in the end. The husbands seem more like victims themselves rather than pathetic losers trying to make servant wives.
June 3, 2010

Super Reviewer

Good re-make of original. Original was a lot darker. Doesn't everyone want the perfect wife? A couple retreat to suburbia to restore their marriage and concentrate on family life. Very quickly they notice the newcomers being brainwashed into stereotypes - the perfect wife, the men's club, etc. Good cast. Bette Midler is hilarious.
January 21, 2010
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