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The Story of Us (1999)

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28

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 81
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 58

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

16

Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 21

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

audience

59

liked it
Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 30,501

My Rating

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

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

Feb 15, 2000

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All Critics (103) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (58) | DVD (15)

This Story doesn't really deliver it.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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This one gets stuck in a rut pretty early on and has difficulty rising out of it.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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Pungent, funny, and surprisingly forceful.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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The whole has a skittish quality.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Lightheartedly conveys that the sources of marital love can be renewed even after a period of spiritual dryness.

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

There is no need to run right out. See a Matinee.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

A collection of performances that are more than the creaky material deserves.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

I like what the film tries to do with this theme but shuddered as it was reduced to repetitious confrontations and hollow wisecracks.

January 1, 2000 Full Review
Sacramento News & Review

Watching these two attractive actors verbally slug it out is about as much fun as experiencing your own divorce.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

A film that disappoints on every level.

January 1, 2000
Citysearch

Reasonably well-acted but executed without much grace or style.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

You can get all of this free on television any week, so why pay for it?

January 1, 2000
Charlotte Observer

The Story of Us is a full length sitcom that's missing both the sit and the com.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

The Story of Us is 100-percent predictable.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire
SPLICEDWire

Too many long faces, too many too-big smiles, too many over-fought fights, too many cheap reconciliations -- and none of the resonant insight to justify any of it.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

The Story of Us is a film that is constantly manipulating the audience with sweet and sour montages, flashbacks, narration and Eric Clapton's two-ton musical score.

January 1, 2000 Full Review
Citadel Broadcasting

The insights in this script rarely rise above the level of an acrostic puzzle.

January 1, 2000
Oregonian

In its depiction of a marriage on the rocks, The Story of Us is successful in its ideas, but not necessarily in its treatment.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

One of those awkward, cookie-cutter films that looks like the child of Sitcom Dad and Melodrama Mom.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

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.
December 11, 2008
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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.
January 27, 2008
deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

This wasn't all that good.
February 26, 2007
superclerk25

Super Reviewer

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    1. Katie Jordan: If one person is always drawing the world as they want it to be, i guess the other person has no choice but to draw it the way it is. I guess that's why they never wrote a book about Harold's wife.
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