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A milquetoast and muddled thriller that drowns in its frenzied homages, The Woman in the Window will have audiences closing their curtains. Read critic reviews

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Amy Adams is great, but she's wasted along with the rest of a star-studded cast on a mystery that takes a long time to get going and often doesn't make much sense. Read audience reviews

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Anna Fox (Amy Adams) is an agoraphobic child psychologist who finds herself keeping tabs on the picture perfect family across the street through the windows of her New York City brownstone. Her life is turned upside down when she inadvertently witnesses a brutal crime. Based on the gripping, best-selling novel and adapted by Tracy Letts, shocking secrets are revealed and nothing and no one are what they seem in this suspenseful psychological thriller starring Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Fred Hechinger, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Julianne Moore.

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Amy Adams
Anna Fox
Gary Oldman
Alistair Russell
Fred Hechinger
Ethan Russell
Brian Tyree Henry
Detective Little
Julianne Moore
Jane Russell 1 (Katie)
Jeanine Serralles
Detective Norelli
Mariah Bozeman
Olivia
Anna Cameron
Alex
Voice
Tracy Letts
Screenwriter
A.J. Finn
Screenwriter
Eli Bush
Producer
Bruno Delbonnel
Cinematographer
Trent Reznor
Original Music
Atticus Ross
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  • Jun 02, 2021
    Director Joe Wright's style and the excellent performances by the cast cannot salvage a muddled story.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2021
    The story behind The Woman in the Window is far more fascinating than the finished movie, based upon the 2018 best-selling debut novel by Dan Mallory under the pseudonym A.J. Finn, a hasty rehash of popular thrillers, notably Rear Window, mixed with recent unreliable narrator mystery/thrillers like The Girl on the Train. It's actually somewhat shameless how derivative it comes across, so much so that you might be able to guess one of the movie's Big Twists in the literal opening minutes. Amy Adams plays an agoraphobic psychiatrist who believes the new neighbor (Julianne Moore) across the street has been killed by her husband (Gary Oldman), and no one believes her because of her drinking and medication and general misogyny and obvious twists. I cannot tell if screenwriter Tracy Letts (Killer Joe) and director Joe Wright (Darkest Hour) were going for camp or sincerity, as the movie veers chaotically until its final groan-worthy revelation, which is apparently taken right from the source material. There aren't any significant moments of tension. I was more confused why and how everyone was constantly coming into this lady's opulent New York brownstone. I was also wondering why the filmmakers made Oldman look like Jon Voight. The troubled movie was delayed twice, went through several re-shoots by Tony Gilroy (hey, it worked for Rogue One, right, Disney?) and ultimately cast off to Netflix. The most interesting aspect of this movie, by far, is the author being discovered as a fraud and fabulist of the first order, lying about everything and anything to elicit pity and use it for personal and professional manipulation, and I'm talking lies about his mother dying of cancer, his brother committing suicide, himself suffering from a recurring brain tumor, and even pretending to be his brother to write emails to colleagues while still maintaining the same distinct writing voice. Mallory's years of pathological lies (he blames it all on being bipolar now) have actually inspired a TV series where Jake Gyllenhaal is set to play him. You should spend the time you would have used watching The Woman in the Window on Netflix and instead read the extensive New Yorker article that painstakingly paints the damning portrait of Mallory as a narcissistic con artist who would weaponize people's sympathy. Nate's Grade: C-
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