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Married Life Reviews

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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
April 4, 2008
It's as dry as the martinis these well-dressed stiffs keep ordering at that perfectly preserved oak, leather and velvet bar before hopping into their vintage convertibles.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 6, 2008
Maybe there's nothing more to say and American cinema has finally exhausted its ragging on the most maligned decade of the 20th century.
September 18, 2007
Teeters between film genres, not ever quite making up its mind what it strives for.
March 4, 2008
All over the place in tone, never knowing if it wants to be a relationship comedy, a serious drama or a Hitchcock murder thriller.
| Original Score: 5/10
October 1, 2007
Doesn't have much to say about marriage other than that it's complex, and often fraught with disappointment, deception and conflicting urges.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 7, 2008
Stuck somewhere between a dark comedy and a thriller, director Ira Sachs' Married Life doesn't really work as either, leaving its strong cast adrift.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 28, 2008
In many ways, Married Life is a Coen Brothers knock-off without a bit of the boys' accomplishment or bravado.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 28, 2008
It oscillates between stale period piece and unengaging melodrama, coyly seducing viewers with the potential it fails to fulfill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 9, 2008
Married Life suffers from its indecision as to whether to be a sophisticated comedy or a heavy dramatic piece and ends up excelling at neither. It's a regrettable collection of bad choices, missed opportunities and a waste of a great cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 26, 2007
Pic is dramatic but lacks a dynamic; one can sense the director's intent and affection for the form, but also see that working in this stylized vein does not necessarily come easily for a filmmaker of his hitherto more naturalistic tendencies.
March 7, 2008
Just when things should be boiling over, the script goes lukewarm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 21, 2008
It's strange how a movie with this many different things happening could be so dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 13, 2008
The multiple endings suggest that the filmmakers themselves never really knew what their movie was about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
September 22, 2007
The film is hampered by a plodding and unimaginative script whose situations are pedestrian and whose dialogue is much less sparkling than the filmmakers appear to think it is.
March 17, 2008
Asks the audience to spend a lot of time waiting for not much to happen.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
March 7, 2008
This is a period melodramatic potboiler that has an OK (though predictable) story arc and benefits from its exemplary cast and terrific attention to post-WW II New York detail in costume and set.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 25, 2008
The performances from this extraordinary cast are as sumptuous as you'd expect, but they disappear into a wisp of insignificance.
March 7, 2008
Rather than real emotion, the movie stops at irony...It's an entertaining approach, all right, but it does the material no real service.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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