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Enlivening Neil Simon's crackerjack script with their harmonious rapport, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau are a perfect pairing as The Odd Couple. Read critic reviews

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When fussy Felix (Jack Lemmon) becomes suicidal over his impending divorce, he accepts an offer to move in with his best friend, messy Oscar (Walter Matthau). Felix drives Oscar crazy with his obsession over his soon-to-be ex. Oscar tries to get him out of his funk by arranging a double date with two wacky British neighbors, Cecily (Monica Evans) and Gwendolyn (Carole Shelley). When the plan backfires and Felix grows even more despondent, his friendship with Oscar is put to the test.

Cast & Crew

Jack Lemmon
Felix Ungar
Walter Matthau
Oscar Madison
John Fiedler
Vinnie
Monica Evans
Cecily Pigeon
Carole Shelley
Gwendolyn Pigeon
Gene Saks
Director
Howard W. Koch
Producer
Neal Hefti
Original Music
Robert B. Hauser
Cinematographer
Frank Bracht
Film Editor
Hank Moonjean
Assistant Director
Neil Simon
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Critic Reviews for The Odd Couple

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (1)

  • Capitalizing on almost every funny line in the play, and keeping physical setups to a wise minimum, playwright-screenwriter Neil Simon and director Gene Saks have adapted to the screen, fidelity-sharp, the embattled hilarity of The Odd Couple.

    May 3, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The Neil Simon comedy that lit up Broadway for more than two years shines again in this flawed but still funny screen adaptation.

    April 27, 2009 | Full Review…
  • ...a durable classic, the sort of comedy that doesn't try to yank laughs by cramming its fist down our throats.

    March 18, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Lemmon and Mathau's finest hour.

    April 1, 2008 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • For all its overfamiliarity, this is a good play, easily Simon's best, and Matthau and Lemmon inhabit it with grace and style.

    April 1, 2008 | Full Review…
  • An irresistible double act from Lemmon and Matthau.

    January 26, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Odd Couple

  • Jul 11, 2013
    Tonally, it's inconsistent, and its characters behave in seemingly random ways, but The Odd Couple contains just enough comedic starpower and underlying progressiveness to ensure it's a worthy watch.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2013
    Neat-freak Felix rooms with the messy Oscar. Classic, funny, and enjoyable, <i>The Odd Couple</i> works primarily because of the strong performances by the two leads, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Both make their characters both likeable and annoying, and both deliver Neil Simon's lines with a high-energy, <i>His Girl Friday</i> wit. This film is more fun than profound, more madcap than sober, and while I rarely laugh out loud at most comedies, I found myself chuckling and smiling now and then at the film's clever repartee. Overall, this film is a classic for a reason -- a very good reason.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2013
    "The Odd Couple" isn't completely successful in its transfer from stage to screen, but the humor is still as ripe as ever and there are two great lead performances from Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. The main problem is that Gene Saks' direction doesn't elevate the "The Odd Couple" the way that it should, making the film often feel like nothing more than a filmed play. However, it's enjoyable and there's an honest message at its center, and, above all, it's funny.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2011
    Hilarious and acted to perfection.
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