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The Other Woman Reviews

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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 3, 2011
A not-bad movie (written and directed by Don Roos) based on a pretty good book ("Love and Other Impossible Pursuits" by Ayelet Waldman).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
February 3, 2011
Equating interpersonal issues with drama, "The Other Woman" is mostly flat and plodding.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Elvis Mitchell
Movieline
February 3, 2011
The on-the-nose, audience tested feel of the film's current title also sums up the way the movie plays; what nuance it had went out the window with the original name.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 3, 2011
I didn't like a single one of these insufferable narcissists, the kid included.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
February 3, 2011
"The Other Woman" feels like it's directed at an infernally narrow upper-middle-class urbanite demographic, without being even halfway distinctive enough to attract that particular audience.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
February 3, 2011
There's a lot of story (and backstory) here, which Roos tries to squeeze in every which way, via flashbacks, long speeches, and montages set to earnest indie-pop.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
February 3, 2011
Roos does find elements of truth here and there; frustratingly, there are too few of them.
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
February 3, 2011
The pain is burningly real, while the settings feel lived-in and appropriately muddied by experience
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Rosman
Time Out
February 2, 2011
Ultimately, it's Kudrow who saves the picture: Blazing and bitter, she may be allotted a third dimension only near the end of the movie, but, man, does she pack a wallop when it finally comes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
February 2, 2011
An emotionally complex film, built around a not particularly likable character..Portman shows a real talent for playing bratty, unhappy women.
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
February 1, 2011
Director Don Roos, who also scripted, wobbles tonally, sometimes disastrously.
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
January 31, 2011
The Other Woman firmly plants its feet and slaps you across the face until it wrests that precious, precious salt water from your eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
January 31, 2011
A complex, intriguing family drama centering on a young woman's feelings of guilt.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
David Noh
Film Journal International
January 31, 2011
Natalie Portman almost manages to rise above the overt complexities and heavy obviousness of Don Roos' take on thwarted mother love.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
January 31, 2011
The screenwriter and director, Don Roos, squashes a bookful of incidents into a pile of screenplay snippets and smothers his actors in them.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
January 28, 2011
[VIDEO] "The Other Woman" is Natalie Portman's movie. Yes, it's a bitter pill of dramatic woe. But there's no actress better at letting you see the motivation behind her tears.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
January 26, 2011
Not completely without redeeming features, but there's no compelling reason not to just wait until it's out on DVD.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 26, 2011
Portman spends most of her time crying or pouting.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
January 20, 2011
It's a sluggish, shrill picture that deals with significant issues of loss and betrayal in the clumsiest manner imaginable.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 19, 2011
...a shamelessly manipulative and melodramatic drama that's nevertheless often quite moving...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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