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The Wife (2018)

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Critic Consensus: The Wife relies on the strength of Glenn Close's performance to drive home the power of its story -- and she proves thoroughly, grippingly up to the task.

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After nearly forty years of marriage, JOAN and JOE CASTLEMAN (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) are complements. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man's Wife. Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work. Joe's literary star has blazed since he and Joan first met in the late 1950. THE WIFE interweaves the story of the couple's youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, thirty-plus years later--a lifetime's shared compromises, secrets, betrayals, and mutual love.

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Glenn Close
as Joan Castleman
Jonathan Pryce
as Joe Castleman
Christian Slater
as Nathaniel Bone
Max Irons
as David Castleman
Harry Lloyd
as Young Joe Castleman
Annie Starke
as Young Joan Castleman
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All Critics (166) | Top Critics (26)

Watch Close's face in these early scenes; imagine what she's feeling because you will imagine something much different by the end.

September 21, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

With Glenn Close in the lead role, it's... unexpectedly poignant and powerful.

September 20, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The Wife is that increasingly rare offering, a commercially viable film that also makes you rethink your assumptions about talent and who gets to wield it.

September 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Other than the performances, there is nothing here audiences haven't seen more times than they have their own feet.

September 7, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Close owns this movie, from beginning to end; it's a performance of such intelligence and subtlety that only when the movie is long over do you start wondering about whether the plot holds up.

September 6, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

I wish there were more movies like this one.

September 1, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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