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My Wife Is an Actress Reviews

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Sid Adilman
Toronto Star
October 11, 2002
Attal pushes too hard to make this a comedy or serious drama. He seems to want both, but succeeds in making neither.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
October 11, 2002
I found it slow, predictable and not very amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
September 20, 2002
My Wife Is an Actress is an utterly charming French comedy that feels so American in sensibility and style it's virtually its own Hollywood remake.
| Original Score: B+
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 22, 2002
The film's as witty as any subtitled movie has a right to be.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
August 16, 2002
It's Othello Lite -- minus that bit at the end about murder-suicide, but with every ounce of Shakespeare's insane emotion.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 16, 2002
Little more than a frothy vanity project.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 2, 2002
If the movie were all comedy, it might work better. But it has an ambition to say something about its subjects, but not a willingness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 1, 2002
Yvan may be a self-deprecating paranoiac in the Woody Allen tradition, but Mr. Attal's script does a fine job of making his character's concerns farcically real.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 1, 2002
A romantic comedy for anyone in love with the movies, and anyone, for that matter, who's in love.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Loren King
Chicago Tribune
August 1, 2002
My Wife offers the best and the worst of both Allen's ego-and- neuroses-based humor and Truffaut's romanticism about love and movies.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 31, 2002
My Wife is an Actress is obviously influenced by Woody Allen's movies about the film business -- and it has the raw energy that's been missing from some of Allen's later work.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 26, 2002
Overall it's a promising debut, and a love letter to the droopily beautiful Gainsbourg.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
July 26, 2002
The film title My Wife Is an Actress should be extended to finish with . . . and I'm a Major Annoyance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 25, 2002
For the most part, My Wife Is an Actress is bright, pleasant and intelligent entertainment with no undue alarums or excursions.
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
July 19, 2002
Attal mixes comedy with a serious exploration of ego and jealousy within a seemingly serene marriage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ron Stringer
L.A. Weekly
July 19, 2002
[Yvan] mugs his way through any number of low-comic situations ... leaving Charlotte -- and this critic -- ever more exasperated and unsure about whether it's going to be worth hanging in for the long haul.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 19, 2002
The film exudes the urbane sweetness that Woody Allen seems to have bitterly forsaken.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 18, 2002
Just keeping it all straight -- real-life filmmaker directing real-life wife in make-believe nude scene about same-named make-believe character's insecurities about same-named wife's make-believe nude scenes -- can leave you a little breathless.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 12, 2002
Though it's not much more substantial than Woody Allen's similar Hollywood Ending, Attal's briskly paced film has a lot more energy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
July 11, 2002
Despite the wobbly tone, and the ambiguity that hangs over the last section of the movie, My Wife Is an Actress is a light, enjoyable night out.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 11, 2002
With every detail in this clever peekaboo, the sly filmmaker dangles the possibility that fiction is fact and that Yvan and Charlotte are real -- or at least as real as the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
July 10, 2002
Gainsbourg is virtually incidental to her mate's screeching navel-serenade, which maintains a stranglehold on the declarative first-person mode of its title.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
March 29, 2002
A terrifically deft picture about the thick line that separates movie glamour from the real world, and the thin line between common sense and paranoia.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Judith Prescott
Hollywood Reporter
March 14, 2002
Attal has directed that rare thing -- a French movie that deals with romance without the rhetoric.