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Married Life Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
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Paul Fairclough
Time Out
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
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April 13, 2008
Sachs combines humor, suspense, and twists of plot that keep the ground shifting under our feet.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Craft
Miami Herald
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
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 28, 2008
Offers audiences movie pleasures, as well as emotionally authentic challenges.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 27, 2008
Married Life is an engaging romance noir, a sort of updated The Postman Always Rings Twice that packs its surprises into four characters, none of them predictable.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 21, 2008
[Director] Sachs has assembled a stellar ensemble cast, and much of the pleasure of Married Life is watching the subtle detail the actors bring to their roles.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail
March 21, 2008
A curious, provocative if unsatisfying little movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 21, 2008
This quiet, closed-in picture with its unsurprising twists and turns, lacks the steamy passion of its pulp roots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 20, 2008
The story is original, the characters complex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 18, 2008
Married Life has enough plot twists and moments of high tension to keep the viewer engaged, but the main points of interest are the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
March 15, 2008
Sachs and Moverman have scripted a potboiler, but unwisely kept the lid on. Their intent is wry philosophical detachment; the effect is a biting social satire gone soggy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 14, 2008
It's strange. It's different. It's arresting, and it's definitely intentional. Ira Sachs knew what he wanted to do, and he's a talent worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 14, 2008
Sirk or Billy Wilder could have done something with it. Sachs still has a ways to go.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
March 14, 2008
A macabre comedy of manners with the sting of dry ice, this 2007 ensemble piece captures the social climate of America in the late 40s.
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Tasha Robinson
Chicago Tribune
March 14, 2008
Married Life is structured like a Douglas Sirk melodrama or a Hitchcock thriller rather than a mystery, but it's a mystery nonetheless, because it's rarely clear what Sachs intends the movie to be.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 14, 2008
You may not like it if you insist on counting the deck after the game and coming up with 52. But if you get 51 and are amused by how the missing card was made to vanish, this may be a movie to your liking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 13, 2008
It's only about as interesting as...married life.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 10, 2008
Cooper and Clarkson are sublime in creating a marriage still filled with tenderness, even as they lie to each other with breezy consistency.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
March 7, 2008
A playful riff on film noir that starts by upending every '40s movie cliché.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 7, 2008
Married Life, a period comedy of manners merged with a suspenseful psychological thriller, aspires to be a hybrid of the sort that Alfred Hitchcock polished to perfection.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 7, 2008
Just when things should be boiling over, the script goes lukewarm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 7, 2008
This subtle dance around morality is as seductive as the elegantly designed rooms it takes place in, where even the shadows are cozy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
March 7, 2008
Maybe it is about compromise, after all, because though Married Life has its moments, it's bewildering as a whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 7, 2008
The cast is first-rate but nothing goes very far in this film.
Full Review | Original Score: b-
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 6, 2008
Sachs gets terrific performances out of his actors.
| Original Score: B
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
March 6, 2008
[The] four principal actors are such worthy vehicles for sustaining the throbbing pace and shifting moods of this chamber piece that it's difficult to single anyone out.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 6, 2008
Married Life is much more about the enduring relationship between husband and wife than it is about the excitement between husband and girlfriend.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 5, 2008
Stylish without being overly stylized, intelligent without being boring, Married Life is a classy throwback to the good old days when subtlety meant something at the movies and watching Hitchcock was a good reason to stay home.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 3, 2008
The movie is a goof on Hitchcock and Sirk -- a period (late forties) soap opera with nasty sexual undertones and the omnipresent threat of murder.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 18, 2007
Teeters between film genres, not ever quite making up its mind what it strives for.