A not-bad movie (written and directed by Don Roos) based on a pretty good book ("Love and Other Impossible Pursuits" by Ayelet Waldman).
| Original Score: 3/5
Equating interpersonal issues with drama, "The Other Woman" is mostly flat and plodding.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 5/10
I didn't like a single one of these insufferable narcissists, the kid included.
"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.
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.
| Original Score: C+
Roos does find elements of truth here and there; frustratingly, there are too few of them.
The pain is burningly real, while the settings feel lived-in and appropriately muddied by experience
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.
An emotionally complex film, built around a not particularly likable character..Portman shows a real talent for playing bratty, unhappy women.
Director Don Roos, who also scripted, wobbles tonally, sometimes disastrously.
The Other Woman firmly plants its feet and slaps you across the face until it wrests that precious, precious salt water from your eyes.
| Original Score: 2/4
A complex, intriguing family drama centering on a young woman's feelings of guilt.
| Original Score: B+
Natalie Portman almost manages to rise above the overt complexities and heavy obviousness of Don Roos' take on thwarted mother love.
The screenwriter and director, Don Roos, squashes a bookful of incidents into a pile of screenplay snippets and smothers his actors in them.
[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.
| Original Score: B-
Not completely without redeeming features, but there's no compelling reason not to just wait until it's out on DVD.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Portman spends most of her time crying or pouting.
| Original Score: C
It's a sluggish, shrill picture that deals with significant issues of loss and betrayal in the clumsiest manner imaginable.
| Original Score: D+
...a shamelessly manipulative and melodramatic drama that's nevertheless often quite moving...
| Original Score: 3.5/4