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The Stepford Wives Reviews

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.
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.
June 15, 2004
It has two speeds -- obvious and more so.
June 14, 2004
Very good dialogue, the rest of this stuff just falls apart.
June 12, 2004
Satirizing The Stepford Wives is pointless.
June 11, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 11, 2004
None of it appears to be well thought out, or thought through, and it's consequently never remotely believable.
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
June 11, 2004
A great Provincetown drag show of The Stepford Wives.
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
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
June 11, 2004
A comedy that's just too erratic and goofy to qualify as satire.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
June 11, 2004
It's the supporting actors who are the most fun.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 11, 2004
Rudnick has written some of the year's sharpest comic dialogue for this threesome: Kidman, Bette Midler ... and Roger Bart.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: B+
June 11, 2004
Proves about as menacing as chiffon, the story too often shortchanges logic, and the ending exudes an aroma of desperation.
Read More | Original Score: C
June 11, 2004
Often feels off, forced even.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
June 11, 2004
It is essentially a Stepford movie: A pretty clone with its brains removed, lurching about robotically and reciting predictable inanities.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
June 10, 2004
An empty comedy that takes hackneyed potshots at consumerism.
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
June 10, 2004
Frank Oz's madcap remake turns a dusty, second-rate thriller from 1975 into a loud and shiny postmodern farce.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
June 10, 2004
It displays all the intellectual heft of a beer commercial -- light beer at that.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 10, 2004
Even its slyest and most insinuating moments are played broadly.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 10, 2004
A sporadically amusing, occasionally funny, but ultimately bland and pointless time killer.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
June 10, 2004
The sting is gone.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
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.
June 10, 2004
Trying to be more antic and cuttingly funny, it misses the premise's shivery tension.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 10, 2004
Represents the kind of lame brainstorm that finds its way onto a summer release schedule.
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