The Story of Us Reviews

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 1, 2000
The Story of Us is all too willing to settle for superficial comedy and pat answers at the expense of real insight.
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
January 1, 2000
This small film is merely tolerable.
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
January 1, 2000
The Story of Us doesn't delve very deeply into the emotional mayhem that reigns the 15-year relationship between Ben and Katie Jordan.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 1, 2000
Reiner's film is slick and glib when it means to be profound yet ruefully witty; its rhythms are pure sitcom, complete with emotional rimshots.
| Original Score: 6/10
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
In The Story of Us, married couple Ben and Katie Jordan sit at the dinner table with their cute kids and rank the highs and lows of their day. I'd like to play, too. My low for the day was watching this movie.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
At the end, The Story of Us all but collapses, turning into one of those movies that come with their own admission of failure . . . when Eric Clapton sings 'I'm Sorry' under the closing credits, it sounds like the filmmakers apologizing.
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 1, 2000
Prefabricated and contrived.
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
January 1, 2000
Superficial, shallow.
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The film wants us to think that it's insightful and deeper than the usual domestic comedy-drama. It's not.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
This Story doesn't really deliver it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
January 1, 2000
Contrived, routine.
Rod Granger
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
The Story of Us does convey the joys and sorrows involved in staying together, but ultimately seems to do so with more shtick than truth.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
It's so crammed with flashbacks that it loses momentum.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Though it sets out to explain why this marriage is worth saving, The Story of Us could prompt even single members of the audience to file for divorce.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
January 1, 2000
Every time 'Story' wanders perilously close to the border of soap opera, the authors steer it back on course.
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
Chalk it up to Star Power, but I was kinda moved.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jim Judy
Screen It!
January 1, 2000
Yet, for its flaws, you really want it to work out, and the strong performances from its leads, some sharp writing and some truly funny and touching moments are clearly beneficial to the overall proceedings.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Thanks to Mr. Willis and Ms. Pfeiffer, The Story of Us has moments of warmth and charm.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
Willis, meanwhile, has somehow become one of Hollywood's finest actors.
Joe Leydon
MSNBC
January 1, 2000
Hugely enjoyable.
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