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The Stepford Wives Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
| 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
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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.
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
Suburban blandness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Greg Muskewitz
July 10, 2003
The misogynistic twist at the end is an acquiescence in the worst sort of way.
| Original Score: 2/5
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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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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.

TV Guide's Movie 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
Michael Szymanski
July 8, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
July 27, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
May 12, 2005
The original and the best....truly creepy
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Cole Smithey
December 5, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
May 14, 2013
A reflection on a society that wants to have it both ways.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
May 24, 2005
Decent 70s thriller.
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Sarah Chauncey
June 8, 2004
Truly scary in a can't-shake-it kind of way
| Original Score: 3/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 6, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
March 19, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
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October 18, 2008
June 11, 2004
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