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A Woman Under the Influence Reviews

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Greg Muskewitz
February 13, 2001
The knee-jerk, or neckless cinematography (in other words, it's all over the place) is horrendous, unprofessional and junkie. A mess. And the two-a-half-hour running time is no less ludicrous and a feat on its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Perhaps the greatest of Cassavetes' films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tim Grierson
Village Voice
October 20, 2009
Falk and the rest of the cast are exceptional -- even the smallest roles feel spot-on -- but Rowlands is the film.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
January 9, 2009
An exceptional film .. a study in the complexities of love, in the subtleties of mental disorder and in the way society demands rigid conformity
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
May 3, 2013
The primal violence that binds men and woman has rarely been evoked as plausibly or intensely as in this 1974 drama.
Cole Smithey
April 11, 2009
Gena Rowlands gives a career-defining tour de force performance that is a pinnacle of film-acting in an earth-shattering film that is unlike any other ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
John Cassavetes' pioneering independent film represents a hallmark of the indie scene, but at its heart is an excellent story told exceedingly badly.
| Original Score: 3/5
Eric Melin
October 28, 2013
Despite the fact that there's a lot of technique on display here, the film still described as cinéma vérité, which I suppose is a testament to how raw and emotional it all feels.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
A difficult film, but one that rewards the viewer willing to enter its darkened door and walk its cluttered and cacophonous rooms.
Read More | Original Score: 84/100
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 2, 2005
Always remains intense and popping with energy.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dan Schneider
March 12, 2007
John Cassavetes was one of those rare artists of whom it could be said that his flaws were his strengths, and his strengths were his flaws...Consequently, the film has to rank somewhere between the two in the Cassavetes canon, and I'd opt for putting it c
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Nora Sayre
New York Times
May 9, 2005
The most frightening scenes are extremely compelling, and this is a thoughtful film that does prompt serious discussion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
March 29, 2011
Falk and Rowlands -- in performances of almost indescribable intensity -- detail a marriage anchored by love, but tossed by the expectations of others and the unpredictable swell of madness.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 18, 2014
Magnifies in squirmy detail the efforts of a couple to cope with her -- or should that be their? -- mental meltdown.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
December 21, 2006
A insightful essay on sexual politics: Rowlands is terrific as a housewife who crosses the line into sanity. With a light feminist touch, she is perceived as a victim of repressive patriarchal order.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
An astonishing, compulsive film, directed with a crackling energy.

TV Guide
August 30, 2006
An insightful essay on sexual politics. As Rowlands delicately crosses the line of sanity, it becomes apparent that imposed social roles are the cause.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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November 12, 2008
Rowlands' performance in the title role is one of those tour de force numbers available only to screen players of alcoholics and lunatics.
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