Death Becomes Her
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High-concept director Robert Zemeckis applies his usual polish -- helped by an equally adept cast -- for this surprisingly gruesome and extremely funny black comedy. The film begins with narcissistic actress Madeline (Meryl Streep) stealing the latest in a series of potential fiancées, wimpy plastic surgeon Ernest (Bruce Willis), from her ex-best friend Helen (Goldie Hawn). Depressed and infuriated, Helen suffers a breakdown that lands her in a mental hospital -- in addition to a junk-food bender that seems to triple her weight. When Madeline crosses paths with Helen again many years later,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Highly amusing, but there's nothing to the feature beyond cheap thrills and a few laughs."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Stunningly inventive madness."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Relies way too much on the FX toys, but there's also some really funny stuff scattered about."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"In this darker than dark comedy, the actors (Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn) are used as props, part of Bob Zemeckis' nasty, effects-driven satire of our obsession with youth and physical looks."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Some neat ideas in this flick, all of them way overplayed."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"manic and crazed, but well-done"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Further evidence that Zemeckis is the anti-Christ"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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