Goodbye Lover (1998)



Critic Consensus: Half-baked plot twists disorient rather than build drama.

Movie Info

A darkly comic whodunit about greed, deceit, and romantic deception, Goodbye Lover stars Patricia Arquette as Sandra, a seemingly moral and obsessively cheerful woman who sells real estate and is fascinated by the movie The Sound Of Music. But Sandra has a secret; while she's married to Jake (Dermot Mulroney), an ad executive who is having problems with both his career and his drinking, she's having an affair with his brother, Ben (Don Johnson), a successful public relations man. Ben, on the … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By: , , , , , ,
Written By: Ron Peer, Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow
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On DVD: Nov 6, 2001
Warner Home Video


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Critic Reviews for Goodbye Lover

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (16)

A high-quality bad movie!

January 1, 2000
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

The movie becomes so convoluted in its wry-noir scheme and narrative twisteroos, it turns banal and wearisome.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

It carefully sets up a powder keg of conflicting relationships and affairs but instead of building the natural tension, it opts for a series of gotcha's.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A neo-noir that puts the 'lack' in black comedy!

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Goodbye Lover is not so much a story as some kind of a board game, with too many pieces and not enough rules.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Once the thud of its wooden dialogue has settled into a deadly mechanical clomp -- about 10 minutes into the film -- you wonder why this risible movie didn't go straight to video.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Goodbye Lover


I liked this movie. It had people who were so distinctively up tp no good. Patricia Arquette looked great while Ellen Degeneres looked lousy.

Joffe totally screws over the original script, gutting most of the reason to keep watching. Nice that on his way down he should drag others with him.

Brad West

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