The Other Woman (2011)



Critic Consensus: Natalie Portman and Lisa Kudrow deliver fine performances in The Other Woman, but they're muted by Don Roos' clumsy direction and cluttered, melodramatic script.

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Natalie Portman (BLACK SWAN, STAR WARS) lights up the screen in this frank, funny, and heart-wrenching adaptation of bestselling author Ayelet Waldman's novel about life, loss, and family, "LOVE AND OTHER IMPOSSIBLE PURSUITS." Emilia (Portman) is a Harvard law school graduate and a newlywed, having just married Jack (Scott Cohen, THE UNDERSTUDY), a high-powered New York lawyer, who was her boss - and married - when she began working at his law firm. Unfortunately, her life takes an unexpected … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Don Roos
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On DVD: May 17, 2011
Box Office: $20.6k
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Critic Reviews for The Other Woman

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (18)

It's a kind of unofficial sequel or sibling, three decades later, to Robert Benton's Oscar-winning Kramer vs. Kramer.

Full Review… | December 13, 2011
TIME Magazine
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Often mistakes hollow hysterics for gripping drama.

Full Review… | May 24, 2011
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One of the bigger challenges in Natalie Portman's career, and she responds with sublime work.

Full Review… | February 11, 2011
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Soap opera for the bourgeoisie, The Other Woman is the kind of movie Lifetime audiences would gush over as sensitive and wise.

Full Review… | February 4, 2011
MSN Movies
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Natalie Portman may have the black swan and the white swan down, but she's still working on the gray.

Full Review… | February 4, 2011
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While Natalie Portman and Lisa Kudrow do some terrific work, it's hard to care about these awful characters.

Full Review… | February 4, 2011
Newark Star-Ledger
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Audience Reviews for The Other Woman


The movie is interesting, well acted and realistic. That makes it a better-than-average movie.

Red Lats

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It would have been easy to make a melodrama with this subject and the sort of unexpected revelation that comes up in the third act, but Roos avoids that and delivers this emotionally complex film devoid of villains and lifted by two excellent performances by Natalie Portman and Lisa Kudrow.

Carlos Magalh„es

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A new wife struggles to find her place in the husband/wife/son-from-a-previous-marriage dynamic as she mourns the death of her newborn.
Natalie Portman was once one of film's rising stars, but now she chooses some of the worst projects, and this one is even worse than No Strings Attached; I didn't even waste my time on Your Highness. The film front-loads a ton of exposition, and then the rest of the film is spent with characters spouting bullshit pop psychology at and about Emilia. She becomes the project of the film -- characters trying to figure her out -- but she's never an interesting character. The third act's engine is a suspicion about the child's death, and this plot line comes out of the walls, but by the time this film pulls that shit out its ass, I ceased believing that I would ever start caring about these characters.
Overall, Natalie Portman's career choices were so much better at the beginning.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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