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Married Life Reviews

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November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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
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
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
July 18, 2008
An ode to Hollywood movies of the 40s and 50s, with its rich story, its post-war middle class mores of US society, its production design and its characters blundering around a moral dilemma.
June 27, 2008
It swings from Far From Heaven-alike lush melodrama to Double Indemnity-like noir to something approaching black comedy, and the transitions never quite work. Accomplished then, but no classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 18, 2008
All in all, this was a fun little, old fashioned pot boiler.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 2, 2008
It's elegant, unhurried, and, if you meet it half way, softly satisfying ... like the muffled clap of a velvet-covered ring box snapping shut.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 2, 2008
I suspect Hitchcock would enjoy watching this slow-churning thriller, which pilfers a few of the master's storytelling tricks as it revels in its own dark heart.
| Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2008
Agreeable, nicely adult entertainment that's satisfying without ever being exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 13, 2008
Sachs combines humor, suspense, and twists of plot that keep the ground shifting under our feet.
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