The Wife Reviews

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September 28, 2018
The Wife doesn't deliver the shocking blow it ought to - Runge doesn't build suspense as effectively as he could - but when Joan erupts, it's a sight to behold.
September 28, 2018
Close delivers a wonderfully understated performance that uses a very different set of acting muscles to the role that led to her first Best Actress nomination in 1989.
September 28, 2018
A strong cast flails in what amounts to a glorified TV movie.
September 28, 2018
The camera enables Close, who can express so much with her eyes alone, to give one of the performances of her already-glittering career.
September 27, 2018
The Wife is a bittersweet love story that plays out in the manner of a Shakespearean tragedy in many ways. Whether or not this story is for you is irrelevant when considering the fine acting by the film's lead stars.
September 27, 2018
Close instinctively understands the lingering power of inscrutability, so it's too bad the film doesn't.
September 27, 2018
The glittering, frozen quality of [Close's] performance is as mesmeric as it is mysterious.
September 27, 2018
Her performance is better than the film, but it's such a magnificent performance that it more than carries the day.
September 27, 2018
Director Björn Runge's stark palate contrasts with the pleasingly juicy story, but it's Close's remarkable performance that makes this drama shine.
September 26, 2018
What secret grief is not being told here? Don't ask me to spill or spoil: it's pretty much all the film has.
September 25, 2018
Drama comes from tension, and The Wife lacks in both departments.
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.
September 24, 2018
...a stirring adaptation that boasts one of Close's best performances in years.
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.
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.
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.
September 20, 2018
The film's excellence rests on the magnificent Oscar-like performance of Glenn Close.
September 20, 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.
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