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The Wife Reviews

September 21, 2018
Watch Close's face in these early scenes; imagine what she's feeling because you will imagine something much different by the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 20, 2018
With Glenn Close in the lead role, it's... unexpectedly poignant and powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 10, 2018
The Wife is that increasingly rare offering, a commercially viable film that also makes you rethink your assumptions about talent and who gets to wield it.
September 7, 2018
Other than the performances, there is nothing here audiences haven't seen more times than they have their own feet.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 6, 2018
Close owns this movie, from beginning to end; it's a performance of such intelligence and subtlety that only when the movie is long over do you start wondering about whether the plot holds up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 1, 2018
I wish there were more movies like this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 30, 2018
It's a fault of the script, not the actors, that "The Wife" hangs on such a preposterous through line.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 30, 2018
The sort of detailed, A-level film that earns a viewer's respect for its intelligence in a marketplace of mind-numbing hoopla.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 30, 2018
What unites the film's two halves - what makes it worth watching, period - is the road Close's Joan travels as she decides whether to reclaim authorship of her own life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 24, 2018
Close might well receive a seventh Academy Award nomination for The Wife.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 24, 2018
Because the performances are so calculated, the emotional outbursts on which the story hinges fail to make a dramatic impact. And for a film about a novelist, The Wife conveys very little sense of what it's like to read or write.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 23, 2018
Runge is very good with actors. It's a pleasure simply to watch Close and Pryce establish such minute and careful gradations of happiness, desolation and exasperation in their scenes together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 23, 2018
It would be wrong to say Close's performance in "The Wife" is wasted, but it certainly deserves a better movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 22, 2018
"The Wife" offers viewers a chance to observe one of the finest - and most criminally underpraised - actresses of her generation working at the very top of her shrewd, subtle, superbly self-controlled game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 20, 2018
The story is fine, but the movie features a terrific performance by Jonathan Pryce and a flat-out brilliant one from Glenn Close, who dials up a slow burn for the ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 17, 2018
Slater gives what could have been a stereotypical role plenty of spark, and his scenes with Close are riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 17, 2018
Swedish director Björn Runge's approach is no-nonsense and workmanlike, perhaps to give these esteemed actors room to swagger and shine, but a bit more imagination and artistry wouldn't have hurt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 16, 2018
By the time the dramatic fireworks start popping off, each one feels earned.
August 16, 2018
"The Wife" pulls off the not inconsiderable feat of spinning a fundamentally literary premise into an intelligent screen drama that unfolds with real juice and suspense.
August 16, 2018
It's Close's wonderfully subtle characterization of Joan that lifts The Wife above its cliché setups and neat role reversals, which is really rather ironic. Once again, it's the wife doing all the hard work. At least this time, she gets top billing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 15, 2018
Strong acting, especially by Close, helps the film overcome an uncertain premise and create characters that hold our attention absolutely.
Top Critic
August 15, 2018
Although it's a resonant narrative without much excitement, the film provides Glenn Close with the kind of rich and meaty role she deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 15, 2018
You can't take your eyes off Glenn Close. Her tour-de-force as a long-suffering spouse who hits her breaking point might just get her the Oscar that has unfairly eluded her so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 22, 2017
Without Glenn Close, "The Wife" wouldn't be much to write home about.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 16, 2017
Like a bomb ticking away toward detonation, Glenn Close commands the center of The Wife: still, formidable and impossible to look away from.
September 16, 2017
[Close] is a marvel of twisty understatement here, delivering emotions that conceal as much as they reveal, and offering onion-like layers that invite repeat viewings in light of some of the film's later revelations.