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The War of the Roses Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
September 28, 2012
Greatly amusing, but its lasting achievement is DeVito's atmospheric authority, shaping a genuine filmmaking triumph in style and mood that deserves a standing ovation.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Robyn Karney
Empire Magazine
February 11, 2008
Wildly funny and deeply disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

February 11, 2008
One of the most durable -- and characteristic -- comedies of the 1980s.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 11, 2008
DeVito's taste for unorthodox camera angles and striking camera movements occasionally verges on overreaching but for the most part admirably serves the action.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
February 11, 2008
Trying to wring yocks from a deranged couple locked in mortal combat over possession of their house is more suited to film noir than black comedy.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
The film just keeps getting darker and more claustrophobic, like sliding down the center of a spiral.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
De Vito's quirky camera angles and Kathleen Turner's steely-eyed spite inject a sadistic comic-strip madness into a film that for once has the nerve to see its nastiness through.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 21, 2004
Pretty good -- nice-looking -- black comedy with less copouts than usual.
| Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
DeVito exerts a control behind the camera that is otherwise almost nonexistent in contemporary American film comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
DeVito's direction is distinctively odd (with a lot of low-angle shots looking up at things), enjoyably mischievous and always somehow mindful that there may be, at the heart of all this comic mayhem, something substantial going on.
| Original Score: 4/5
Widgett Walls
May 18, 2003
Comedy does not get any darker than this.
| Original Score: 5/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
April 1, 2003
Fun little dark comedy from the days when DeVito still knew how to make a dark comedy fun.
| Original Score: 3/5
Hollywood Bitchslap
March 25, 2003
Funny, memorable, but ultimately a little too dark to savor.
| Original Score: 4/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2002
"bitterly brilliant black comedy"
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 26, 2002
For anyone who ever spent Valentine's Day alone with a bottle of scotch, for anyone who ever watched the love of their life go stomping out the door, for anyone who ever gazed in hatred at the happy couple spooning in public... this is the movie for you.
| Original Score: 4/5
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 20, 2002
If you dig black comedies, this is one of the better ones of the bunch.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
February 6, 2002
A sharply observed look at how optimism turns to dread, the dangers of possession, and a coda for a decade too often guilty of all of the above.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
January 1, 2002
a brilliant piece of visual virtuosity
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
December 18, 2001
It's real ugly, but darkly funny at the same time.
| Original Score: 82/100
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
DeVito triumphs by instilling this caustic satire with truth and consequence.
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