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The Other Woman (2011)

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 27

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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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 13

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

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

May 17, 2011

$20.6k

IFC Films

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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (27)

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

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

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

February 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com
Richard Roeper.com
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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.

February 4, 2011 Full Review Source: MSN Movies
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.

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

February 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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although it is a little more glossy than the novel it is based on, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits is a mature and thoughtful look at the dynamics of the 21st-century family unit.

September 1, 2011 Full Review Source: The National
The National

a picture that doesn't know itself: vague whenever it needs to be specific, bloats whenever it needs to trim.

August 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Experience
Film Experience

Don Roos' movie demonstrates Natalie Portman's range, but it leans too heavily on her bad behavior, ignoring the growth the character experiences in a schizophrenic third act.

April 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine
Moving Pictures Magazine

For a picture that really isn't much more than a high-toned soap opera...surprisingly effective.

March 10, 2011 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Resembles a number of recent Woody Allen pictures, except without the quality of jokes that leaven even Allen's worst explorations of this turf.

February 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Right now, Portman commands the cineplexes as surrogate for misguided, self-pitying filmmakers.

February 9, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Press | Comments (2)
New York Press

The film tacks on a lot of issues and then it never quite follows any of them through.

February 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Ebert Presents At The Movies

As good as it is at times, The Other Woman never nears greatness; it lacks the mettle and focus to push beyond well-groomed melodrama.

February 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Espouses smart and meaningful insights into the challenges of falling in love with the "wrong" man and joining a family in which one might not be the most natural fit.

February 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

More affectingly honest about contemporary, complicated parenthood than a traditional chick flick love story. Kudrow pulls off the [most] difficult, crucial scene.

February 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

Slow-moving but mature drama looks at aftermath of affair.

February 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Poignant portrait of a mother dealing with her grief over the death of her infant daughter and struggling with the need to wall herself off from those closest to her.

February 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

What happens when a film director falls for a novel crammed with Incredible Moments of Heartbreaking Emotion and turns it into a movie crammed with Incredible Moments of Heartbreaking Emotion

February 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Other Woman

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.
June 13, 2013
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Jim Hunter

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Ok so... critics hated this, I liked it a lot. Critics loved Black Swan..me, not so much. Go figure. In my opinion, this is a great movie about real life situations, and about how messy our lives can really be. Natalie Portman was wonderful, as usual. The entire cast was exceptional, and the script was very moving. What was not to like? I have no idea....
November 19, 2012
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

"The film is well acted. I was so happy to see Lisa Kudrow in this. Her sassy roughness in this film just proves to those who doubt her that she can indeed act. She is not just that silly blonde from Friends. Natalie Portman plays her part well too. Her portrayal of grief was raw and honest. The overwhelming anger she felt. I felt her grief. It's definitely not your typical romance flick. It's a bit heavy on the dark side. Anyone who has had this kind of loss will find this movie emotionally difficult. It's definitely not easy to watch. I think Portman and Kudrow did amazing and I will be seeing this again."
November 18, 2012
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Very well-paced melodrama in that everything happens when it needs to for optimal emotional impact. This film reminds me of Like Dandelion Dust - predictable and manipulative but not without some really good scenes. At first, all the characters are types - the upstanding husband (Scott Cohen from The 10th Kingdom HOOOWWWWLLL!!!), the bitchy ex-wife (a surprisingly icy Lisa Kudrow), the precocious, bratty stepson, and the other woman cum new wife who carries the burden of not measuring up.

I can't quite put a finger on Emilia's character. She's supposed to be kinda young or punky or sarcastic, but I don't think NaPo quite hits those points. The best scene is compliments of Lisa Kudrow (the other half of Romy & Michele, coincidental in that Mira Sorvino is the one who gives the best scene in Dandelion) when Carolyn gives medical evidence to Emilia, absolving her of her baby's death. Her delivery is cold, almost begrudging, but ultimately kind.
March 24, 2012
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    1. Emilia: She's gone. I know the difference between here and gone.
    – Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
    1. Carolyn: This is all your fault. You just won't be happy until you ruin everything. I don't know what the hell happened to make you so destructive.
    – Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
    1. Jack: The days william was born and Isabel was born were the happiest of my life.
    – Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
    1. William: Did you know that Isabel was never really a person?...In Jewish law, it says a baby is not a person until it's at least eight days old. And Isabel was only three days old when she died, so that means she was never really a person.
    2. Emilia: Where did you hear that?
    3. William: My mother.
    – Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
    1. Emilia: What kid doesn't love tofu?...Think of all the little boys that died eating food directly from the container.
    – Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
    1. William: I wonder what temperature poop freezed at?
    – Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
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