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The Stepford Wives Reviews

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 13, 2007
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 24, 2004
To paraphrase Paul Rudnick's Premiere magazine movie-critic alter ego, Libby Gelman-Waxner: It's flat, cold, fork-resistant and tasteless, if you ask me.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
June 17, 2004
It has a wonderfully wounding malice directed at both the Stepford, Conn., contingent of Energizer Bunny wives and the New Yorkers who have just moved in.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 15, 2004
It has two speeds -- obvious and more so.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 14, 2004
Very good dialogue, the rest of this stuff just falls apart.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
June 12, 2004
Satirizing The Stepford Wives is pointless.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 11, 2004
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Detroit Free Press
June 11, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 11, 2004
None of it appears to be well thought out, or thought through, and it's consequently never remotely believable.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
June 11, 2004
Henceforth, I fear Stepford may acquire new metaphorical implications. It will mean interesting old movies remade into lobotomized new ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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June 11, 2004
A great Provincetown drag show of The Stepford Wives.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 11, 2004
Before it degenerates into a complete mess, it's an entertaining mess, and something about its willingness to please maintains the audience's goodwill throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 11, 2004
If the film is to work on any level, even a comedic one, it's necessary for the viewers to sympathize with Joanna and Walter. However, the script and scattershot performances keep them at arm's length.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 11, 2004
A comedy that's just too erratic and goofy to qualify as satire.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 11, 2004
It's the supporting actors who are the most fun.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
June 11, 2004
Its tonal schizophrenia gets the best of it -- the material careens wildly between sly comedy and creeping suspense, with some ill-advised detours into Borscht-belt humor.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 11, 2004
Rudnick has written some of the year's sharpest comic dialogue for this threesome: Kidman, Bette Midler ... and Roger Bart.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 11, 2004
A stylish comedic re-imagining of the '70s feminist thriller, filled with witchy wit and war-of-the-sexes stingers as well as a number of delicious performances.
| Original Score: B+
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 11, 2004
Proves about as menacing as chiffon, the story too often shortchanges logic, and the ending exudes an aroma of desperation.
| Original Score: C
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 11, 2004
Often feels off, forced even.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 11, 2004
Rudnick and director Frank Oz don't do anything radical with the original premise ... but they choose comedy over horror, and it's a wise decision.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 11, 2004
Rudnick specializes in hurling poison darts. Here he throws armloads of them, and a surprising number hit the board.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 11, 2004
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 11, 2004
It is essentially a Stepford movie: A pretty clone with its brains removed, lurching about robotically and reciting predictable inanities.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 10, 2004
An empty comedy that takes hackneyed potshots at consumerism.
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
June 10, 2004
The idea behind The Stepford Wives is still a chiller, but this remake has some gaping plot holes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 10, 2004
Frank Oz's madcap remake turns a dusty, second-rate thriller from 1975 into a loud and shiny postmodern farce.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
June 10, 2004
You feel some of the strain in this immaculately shot, designed and costumed farce, but it's fast and the cast is lively.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 10, 2004
It displays all the intellectual heft of a beer commercial -- light beer at that.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
June 10, 2004
Even its slyest and most insinuating moments are played broadly.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 10, 2004
A sporadically amusing, occasionally funny, but ultimately bland and pointless time killer.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
June 10, 2004
The Stepford Wives has been Stepfordized into a big-budget, star-heavy commodity, complete with computer effects and not-so-subliminal product placements.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Brian Lowry
Variety
June 10, 2004
Audiences that find themselves laughing at first will likely be fidgeting as the pic drifts toward a peculiar if oddly predictable climax, requiring -- much like the Stepford women -- that brains be checked at the door.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 10, 2004
The sting is gone.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 10, 2004
At its best this is a CQ (as in chuckle quietly) comedy rather than an LOL (as in laugh out loud) affair.
| Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 10, 2004
All the efforts of director Frank Oz and writer Paul Rudnick to make the story funny feel slightly desperate and very strained.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 10, 2004
Oz has made an interesting -- and entertaining -- choice. Instead of updating the story to make it more credible, he has gone the other way: milking its passť alarmism for laughs.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 10, 2004
The new Stepford Wives, with its chocolate-box visual style, archly heavy-handed foreshadowing and its scene-for-scene parody of the original's fright strategies ... is a gas.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 10, 2004
Trying to be more antic and cuttingly funny, it misses the premise's shivery tension.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 10, 2004
Represents the kind of lame brainstorm that finds its way onto a summer release schedule.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 9, 2004
In the new town of Stepford, there's no bitterness, no struggle, no competition, none of the scars of the sexual revolution.
Full Review | Original Score: C