The Stepford Wives Reviews

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August 3, 2004
July 29, 2004
There just aren't enough laughs to distract from the vast fault-lines in the story
Top Critic
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
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.
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.
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.
June 11, 2004
A comedy that's just too erratic and goofy to qualify as satire.
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.
June 11, 2004
Rudnick has written some of the year's sharpest comic dialogue for this threesome: Kidman, Bette Midler ... and Roger Bart.
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.
June 11, 2004
Proves about as menacing as chiffon, the story too often shortchanges logic, and the ending exudes an aroma of desperation.
June 11, 2004
Often feels off, forced even.
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