The Story of Us (1999)



Critic Consensus: Lack of chemistry between Bruce Willis and Michelle Pheiffer worsens the dull and predictable story.

Movie Info

Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer star in this romantic comedy as Ben and Katie Jordan, a couple who have been married for fifteen years. They have two great kids, a nice home, and a comfortable life, but somewhere down the line, the spark went out of their marriage, and they find that they don't really love each other anymore. With their relationship at a crossroads, Ben and Katie, two different people who have never felt more different, have to decide if they want to try to salvage their … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Alan Zweibel, Jessie Nelson
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On DVD: Feb 15, 2000
Universal Pictures - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for The Story of Us

All Critics (103) | Top Critics (30)

Its manufactured crises and too-glib jokes give it a facile, fraudulent air.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The Story of Us is a story of confused intentions and misused talents.

January 1, 2000
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

This is a second-rate Woody Allen midlife crisis comedy without the laughs.

January 1, 2000
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

This one gets stuck in a rut pretty early on and has difficulty rising out of it.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
Top Critic

There is a desperate phoniness about director Rob Reiner's The Story of Us.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The Story of Us is all too willing to settle for superficial comedy and pat answers at the expense of real insight.

January 1, 2000
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Story of Us

Hey...If I want relationship trouble I'll get a wife and start picking on all that she does. Pfeiffer was good though.

Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer


Director Rob Reiner's somber study of the collapse of a 15-year marriage probably wasn't intended to be so depressing. In using a continual flashback/flashforward style of storytelling, he ends up putting too much emphasis on the bickering between heartbroken mates and not enough on their early years of love and harmony. This lack of balance mars what might have been a touching, involving movie.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

I love this film. Rob Reiner rocks. The story winds as a couple grows apart and somehow back together. Seems to show a true version of love and all that comes with it.

Keysha H

Super Reviewer

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