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Natalie Portman and Lisa Kudrow deliver fine performances in The Other Woman, but they're muted by Don Roos' clumsy direction and cluttered, melodramatic script.
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It's a kind of unofficial sequel or sibling, three decades later, to Robert Benton's Oscar-winning Kramer vs. Kramer.
Often mistakes hollow hysterics for gripping drama.
One of the bigger challenges in Natalie Portman's career, and she responds with sublime work.
Soap opera for the bourgeoisie, The Other Woman is the kind of movie Lifetime audiences would gush over as sensitive and wise.
Natalie Portman may have the black swan and the white swan down, but she's still working on the gray.
While Natalie Portman and Lisa Kudrow do some terrific work, it's hard to care about these awful characters.
Uneven yet intermittently compelling.
although it is a little more glossy than the novel it is based on, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits is a mature and thoughtful look at the dynamics of the 21st-century family unit.
a picture that doesn't know itself: vague whenever it needs to be specific, bloats whenever it needs to trim.
Don Roos' movie demonstrates Natalie Portman's range, but it leans too heavily on her bad behavior, ignoring the growth the character experiences in a schizophrenic third act.
For a picture that really isn't much more than a high-toned soap opera...surprisingly effective.
Resembles a number of recent Woody Allen pictures, except without the quality of jokes that leaven even Allen's worst explorations of this turf.
The movie is interesting, well acted and realistic. That makes it a better-than-average movie.
It would have been easy to make a melodrama with this subject and the sort of unexpected revelation that comes up in the third act, but Roos avoids that and delivers this emotionally complex film devoid of villains and lifted by two excellent performances by Natalie Portman and Lisa Kudrow.
A new wife struggles to find her place in the husband/wife/son-from-a-previous-marriage dynamic as she mourns the death of her newborn.
Natalie Portman was once one of film's rising stars, but now she chooses some of the worst projects, and this one is even worse than No Strings Attached; I didn't even waste my time on Your Highness. The film front-loads a ton of exposition, and then the rest of the film is spent with characters spouting bullshit pop psychology at and about Emilia. She becomes the project of the film -- characters trying to figure her out -- but she's never an interesting character. The third act's engine is a suspicion about the child's death, and this plot line comes out of the walls, but by the time this film pulls that shit out its ass, I ceased believing that I would ever start caring about these characters.
Overall, Natalie Portman's career choices were so much better at the beginning.
Ok so... critics hated this, I liked it a lot. Critics loved Black Swan..me, not so much. Go figure. In my opinion, this is a great movie about real life situations, and about how messy our lives can really be. Natalie Portman was wonderful, as usual. The entire cast was exceptional, and the script was very moving. What was not to like? I have no idea....
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