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The Stepford Wives Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 17, 2014
A fine, if somewhat overworked paranoia thriller... [Katharine] Ross's increasingly frantic but reliably strong-willed performance makes her an ideal subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
May 14, 2013
A reflection on a society that wants to have it both ways.

TV Guide
June 5, 2007
The first hour takes what feels like two, and the last 44 minutes goes like an Indy car, so the pace is alternately snail's and Lamborghini's.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
June 5, 2007
Overlong and underdeveloped, this flimsy Bryan Forbes horror story (1975) would probably have made a decent television movie; but on the big screen and stretched to nearly two hours, it sags badly.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
William Goldman's leisurely script and Forbes' dull direction never quite capture the subtleties of Ira Levin's novel about an idyllic Connecticut commuter village where the housewives are a bunch of domesticated dummies.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
May 24, 2005
Decent 70s thriller.
| Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
May 12, 2005
The original and the best....truly creepy
| Original Score: 3/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
The humor that remains in the movie is preesnted with such facetiousness one almost feels embarrassed to watch. You want to tell the actors to take it easy, since it's apparent that Bryan Forbes, the film's director, didn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
I can imagine similar material being directed by, say, Woody Allen, and coming out pointed and funny. Instead, director Bryan Forbes gets all solemn and spooky and goes for obvious effects like bolts of lightning and forbidding Gothic mansions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 2, 2004
Overrated uber-70s style thriller with an intriguing premise.
| Original Score: 3/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 16, 2004
Maintains a satisfying level of suspense, and if nothing else beats the stuffing out of the lame remake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
June 10, 2004
Critical of the suburban milieu as a petri dish where regressive sexist fantasies are cultivated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Chauncey
June 8, 2004
Truly scary in a can't-shake-it kind of way
| Original Score: 3/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
January 21, 2004
The Stepford Wives contains a number of timeless scenes that are the essence of women's fears about the patriarchal society in which they live.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
November 26, 2003
Still holds up as part horror film, part social commentary
| Original Score: 4/5
Greg Muskewitz
July 10, 2003
The misogynistic twist at the end is an acquiescence in the worst sort of way.
| Original Score: 2/5
Patrick Byrne
Apollo Guide
April 6, 2002
The story is built on a foundation of fear and paranoia, yet it manages to give us a satisfying conclusion, proving that sometimes our sixth sense is not so far off.
Full Review | Original Score: 75/100
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
Suburban blandness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
This oft-referenced tale of suburban wives who suddenly lose their vibrant individualism and become 'perfect housewives' may earn points for becoming a piece of Americana, but it's hardly excellent filmmaking.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Cole Smithey
December 5, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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