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The Wife Reviews

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September 25, 2018
Drama comes from tension, and The Wife lacks in both departments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
September 25, 2018
Close gives a performance that demands the Oscar voters consider her for a seventh time, and with Pryce matching her barb for barb, this is a heavyweight piece of theatre that grips whenever they're on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 24, 2018
...a stirring adaptation that boasts one of Close's best performances in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 24, 2018
Built around a magnificently contained performance from Glenn Close that bristles with resentment, it sees a relationship unravel in tandem with the audience's assumptions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 23, 2018
This movie isn't about guessing their deep, dark secrets, but seeing the toll they have on their relationships with each other and their now-adult children.
September 21, 2018
Thankfully, [the] missteps don't detract from the central focuses of the film: Joan and her relationship to Joe. Their relationship carries The Wife into (near) greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 21, 2018
Watch Close's face in these early scenes; imagine what she's feeling because you will imagine something much different by the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 20, 2018
Swedish director Björn Runge['s]... genius here is to remain almost invisible, giving his stars the room they need to wound with a word or lacerate with a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 20, 2018
With Glenn Close in the lead role, it's... unexpectedly poignant and powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 20, 2018
The film's excellence rests on the magnificent Oscar-like performance of Glenn Close.
Full Review | Original Score: B +
September 19, 2018
Manages to be both soothingly old-fashioned and oddly of the moment, even if it is set in the 1990s and before.
September 19, 2018
The performances in this family drama are all top notch. But the script is another story. If Close does win an Oscar, it will be in spite of the movie, not because of it.
Full Review | Original Score: C-plus
September 19, 2018
Everything's so high-toned and important that viewers clearly are supposed to think Merchant Ivory, when, beneath the tuxes and tiaras, this is closer to a second-rate soap.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 19, 2018
With four months left in the Oscar race, the Best Actress award already could be Glenn Close's to lose. She's on fire, even when the screenplay occasionally betrays her.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
September 17, 2018
The quasi-august The Wife contributes little else to the subgenre besides two very good performances and a multitude of credibility-straining plot twists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 17, 2018
Glenn Close is a veteran whose body of work shows how deserving she is of an Academy Award - but it would be a travesty if this were the vehicle to finally get her onto the stage of the Kodak Theatre.
September 14, 2018
The Wife is a barn-burner of a domestic drama. Teeth are gnashed, and scenery gets chewed... But it could have been a lot stronger movie with a more focused script. Nonetheless, Close's painfully nuanced performance is one for the books.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 14, 2018
A tangy little bit of literary score-settling, taking the piss out of mid-century macho myths of what a Great American Writer was supposed to be.
September 14, 2018
While the whole production is intelligent and sparkly, the plot creaks a bit beneath the weight of its hardly original conceit. But guessing it doesn't spoil the fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
September 13, 2018
Close is that one person who makes The Wife engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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