Goodbye Lover (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

Goodbye Lover (1998)



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

Movie Info

Sandra and Jake are married, but Sandra is having an affair with Jake's brother Ben. Both Jake and Ben are successful ad agents working for the same company. When fellow office worker Peggy says that she has married Ben, he turns up missing, along with his $4 million insurance policy.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By: , , , , , ,
Written By: Ron Peer, Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 6, 2001
Warner Home Video


Patricia Arquette
as Sandra Dunmore
Dermot Mulroney
as Jake Dunmore
Ellen DeGeneres
as Sgt. Rita Pompano
Mary-Louise Parker
as Peggy Blane
Don Johnson
as Ben Dunmore
Ray McKinnon
as Rollins
Alex Rocco
as Detective Crowley
Andre Gregory
as Reverend Finlayson
John Neville
as Bradley
Akane Nelson
as Receptionist
Kevin Cooney
as Company Man No. 1
Nina Siemaszko
as Newscaster
David Brisbin
as Mr. Brodsky
Lisa Eichhorn
as Mrs. Brodsky
George Furth
as Mr. Merritt
Barry Newman
as Senator Lassetter
Michael Krawic
as Medical Examiner
John Prosky
as Forensic Cop
Richard T. Jones
as Detective One
Michael P. Byrne
as Detective Two
Michael William Jame...
as Detective Three
Frances Bay
as Old Woman
Ernie Lively
as Sherriff
Danny Goldring
as Forensic Officer
Rob LaBelle
as Minister
Lou Myers
as Police Captain
Doug Spinuzza
as Gang-Banger
Lee Weaver
as Old Codger
Newell Alexander
as Minister No. 2
Molly Hager
as Young Girl No. 2
Gerald T. Olson
as Politician
Kenny Moskow
as Commercial Guy
Bruce Holland Rogers
as Choir Conductor
Ken Lam
as Coroner's Asst.
Darrick Lam
as Police Officer No. 1
Marcus M. Shirey
as Police Officer No. 2
Charles Gladney
as Cop at College
Lisa Cohen
as Battered Woman
Chic Daniel
as Detective Daniel
Jay B. Yarnell
as Detective Yarnell
Mike Singer
as Company Man No. 2
Gary Sear
as Company Man No. 3
Erin Keim
as Young Girl No. 3
Angela Blattenberger
as Girls' Chorus Member
Bianca Davis
as Girls' Chorus Member
Demi Dustman
as Girls' Chorus Member
Jenna Escoto
as Girls' Chorus Member
Courtney Hansen
as Girls' Chorus Member
Candace Kovacic
as Girls' Chorus Member
Juliana Kubicki
as Girls' Chorus Member
Brittany Mahurin
as Girls' Chorus Member
Kellie Roberson
as Girls' Chorus Member
Julie Shapiro
as Girls' Chorus Member
Ashley Thornton
as Girls' Chorus Member
Nathalie Thornton
as Girls' Chorus Member
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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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