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Jo (Anne Bancroft) leaves the banality of her marriage to second husband Giles (Richard Johnson) to wed her screenwriter lover, Jake Armitage (Peter Finch), but insists her new husband adhere to her strict marital ideals. Though their relationship is passionate, Jo, now a mother of six, begins to feel stifled in her role as a doting homemaker -- and increasingly isolated from Peter, who is filming on location in Morocco. Jo's sanity is shaken when it seems Peter is not being faithful.

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Critic Reviews for The Pumpkin Eater

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (5)

  • It might make for valid drama if Mr. Pinter had done a half‐way job of establishing this insecure woman on firm psychological ground.

    August 1, 2015 | Full Review…
  • In this slow, strong, incisive film version of the book, the ironing out of a well-kept wife's unkempt psyche is portrayed with harrowing perception by Anne Bancroft.

    August 1, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Anne Bancroft is exceptionally good... The role may sound conventional enough, but not as played by Bancroft; she adds a depth and understanding which puts it on a higher plane.

    February 13, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Fine performances notwithstanding, the world of the Hampstead soap opera now seems so far away as to almost rate as science fiction.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • There are no easy answers here, no inadvertent banality, nothing off-key. Anne Bancroft gives a flawless performance.

    March 16, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Miss Bancroft's performance is in a class few besides Garbo and Ingrid Bergman have ever achieved on the screen.

    January 24, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It might make for valid drama if Mr. Pinter had done a half‐way job of establishing this insecure woman on firm psychological ground.

    August 1, 2015 | Full Review…
  • In this slow, strong, incisive film version of the book, the ironing out of a well-kept wife's unkempt psyche is portrayed with harrowing perception by Anne Bancroft.

    August 1, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Anne Bancroft is exceptionally good... The role may sound conventional enough, but not as played by Bancroft; she adds a depth and understanding which puts it on a higher plane.

    February 13, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Fine performances notwithstanding, the world of the Hampstead soap opera now seems so far away as to almost rate as science fiction.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • There are no easy answers here, no inadvertent banality, nothing off-key. Anne Bancroft gives a flawless performance.

    March 16, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Miss Bancroft's performance is in a class few besides Garbo and Ingrid Bergman have ever achieved on the screen.

    January 24, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Pumpkin Eater

  • Feb 12, 2014
    Terribly depressing which may have influenced my review of the film..but likely not. I give it a middle grade.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2013
    Jack Clayton ("Room at the Top," "The Innocents") directed this Harold Pinter script, crafting a somber portrait of a sham household. Jo (thirty-something Anne Bancroft, playing a jaded, older woman just as she did in "The Graduate") is stuck in her third loveless marriage, trying to fill the void with an abundance of children (presumably, the film's title is a reference to a pregnant woman's shape). Her current husband (Peter Finch) is a famous screenwriter whose work compels him to spend ample time away from home. She stays behind to weather the chaos of six energetic kids, but is prone to dark moods. Admirably, the story avoids cheap sentimentality and offers no easy solutions. The young Maggie Smith has a brief role as a sexy house guest.
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    This is a good melodramatic movie, I don't usually like that genre, but I got into this one, it was engaging. I should watch it again sometime.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2009
    Agreed that this is an underrated movie. Brilliant performances by Anne Bancroft and Peter Finch.
    Ameeta . Super Reviewer

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