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One of Woody Allen's most seemingly biographical films, Husbands and Wives opens with upper-middle class Manhattan couple Sally (Judy Davis) and Jack (Sydney Pollack) announcing to their best friends, the Roths, that they are splitting up. Gabe Roth (Allen) and his wife Judy (Mia Farrow) are taken aback by their casual revelation. Jack begins dating his dim, but sexy, aerobics instructor and Sally starts up a tentative romance with Michael (Liam Neeson). Gabe and Judy begin analyzing their marriage, discovering that they might not be meant to stay together. English professor Gabe begins a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In all respects, this is a full meal, as it deals with the things of life with intelligence, truthful drama and rueful humor."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"With excellent performances (Davis and Pollack in particular), it's his finest film since Hannah and Her Sisters."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Smart, sensitive and packed with quality performances."
‑ , Film4
"Too bad that the Allen-Farrow scandal erupted before this movie for it's one of Allen's best serio comedies with wonderful performances (particularly Judy Davis), but questions of life imitating art or art imitating life are inevitable while watching it"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Allen in moderately experimental mode. Good, but not one of his best."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Allen's conception of character is as banal and shallow as ever, but the lively performances of some of his actors and the novelty of the film's style make this more watchable than many of his features."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives is a very fine, sometimes brutal comedy about a small group of contemporary New Yorkers."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Excellent performances from Pollack and Davis in particular, make this one of Woody's finest of the 90s."
‑ Mark Honigsbaum, Empire Magazine
"Bleak yet strangely compelling look at modern romance."
‑ Christopher Null,
"The acting is top notch."
‑ Dragan Antulov,
"It doesn't suffer from the compulsive tidiness of some of Allen's later movies -- the juices are flowing, the hysteria is closer to the surface -- and in this looser, more volatile atmosphere his extraordinary cast gets to soar."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"Husbands and Wives is a defining film for these emotionally embattled times; it's classic Woody Allen."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"This last waltz between America's most prestigious film couple has a tone of muted regret, not confession or sensationalism."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"One of [Woody Allen's] greatest films."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"This is one of Woody Allen's best films to date, combining some of his finest serious writing about relationships, in the style of Hannah and her Sisters, with humor that's all the more effective thanks to its dark, edgy context."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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