The Woman in the Window
2021, Mystery & thriller, 1h 40m189 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings
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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
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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Critic Reviews for The Woman in the Window
A middling, predictable movie that feels like it left most of its personality on the cutting room floor.June 5, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
It is six-time Oscar nominee Adams, towards the end, who makes it something special.May 24, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
The Woman in the Window explores disability in an intimate way, yet ultimately returns to a cultural status quo.
Aren't you kind of curious to see how lousy it is?May 21, 2021 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
Joe Wright can't seem to choose between making this a melodramatic, campy movie, or a taught thriller.
This cast is so terrific that I wish the movie had more sparkle... It's very drained of joy.
Audience Reviews for The Woman in the Window
Jun 02, 2021Director Joe Wright's style and the excellent performances by the cast cannot salvage a muddled story.Aldo G Super Reviewer
May 22, 2021The 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-Nate Z Super Reviewer
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