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Married Life Reviews

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August 27, 2009
The roundelay structure and Hitchcockian nods could have easily given way to a sardonic puppet theater, but Sachs and screenwriter Oren Moverman care too much about their characters to turn them into pawns
October 18, 2008
One of the more ethically dubious films to come out of Hollywood in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2008
This darkly comic dramatic thriller, which is set just after World War II, is more than merely watchable. It's very smart and is old-fashioned in several respects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2008
It is as though filmmaker Ira Sachs fears that just making a film about infidelity is too straight, too pedestrian, so, he's got to introduce the possibility that murder is on the horizon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 10, 2008
Even movies that dare to paint dark portraits of the sacred institution can't resist glorifying it in the end.
September 4, 2008
The ensemble cast chemistry is superb in its nearly suffocating tangle of repressed passions, but the family-values wrap-up of all these messy erotic tensions feels ultimately far too pat and unresolved.
August 7, 2008
Once he gets out from under his influences and trusts his own gut, Sachs might become a major director.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 1, 2008
Thought-provoking themes swirl around in this drama, brought to life by a skilled cast and a director who plays with Hitchcockian themes and imagery. In the end, it feels a bit undercooked, but the actors keep us glued to the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 1, 2008
It's a good cast, with Cooper outstanding, but Sachs's direction is stodgy and the screenplay is grindingly self-conscious.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 1, 2008
The acting is as classy and well-realised as the lush 1940s period detail, yet this entertainingly entangled, ersatz noir is frustrating because it never fully gels.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 1, 2008
The tangled web which slowly causes the film's relationships to disintegrate is brilliantly woven. However, you can't help wishing the climax packs a bit more of a dramatic punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 1, 2008
A noirish 1940s-set character study, it's an initially intriguing tale of infidelity and betrayal that smoulders, but never quite catches fire.
August 1, 2008
A classy cast and production design to die for are the only features of note in an underpowered tale of adultery and intrigue in '50s America.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 1, 2008
Married Life may fall short of the best Hollywood melodrama, but its nicely observed situations and old-fashioned storytelling ironically lend this a freshness more on-the-nose infidelity tales are missing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 1, 2008
The movie is determinedly low-key, but honest, with a wrenching break-up scene, sharp work from Clarkson, and a final thought that lingers, about never really knowing what your other half is thinking.
August 1, 2008
A well-acted but lugubrious noir, which is somehow not quite thrilling enough to be a thriller, and not quite profound enough to be a character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 1, 2008
The layers of deception are as meticulously constructed as the impeccable 1940s production and costume design. Unfortunately, the film doesn't maintain that distinctive noir cruelty, as hard as red lacquered finger nails.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 31, 2008
A mannered comedy of manners that, in its eagerness to be all things to all people, ends up being nothing much of anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 31, 2008
It looks beautiful, and the convoluted plotting is initially the right side of Hitchcock pastiche, but the central conundrum is teased out over so many twists and false climaxes that ultimately it's a shrug, not a shock, which greets the denouement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
July 31, 2008
Superbly directed, thought-provoking blend of Hitchcock movies, 1940s pastiche and Bette Davis-style melodrama, featuring terrific performances from Cooper and Clarkson.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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