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John Cassavetes wrote and directed this look at three middle-aged men thrown into a midlife crisis when one of their mutual friends dies. Harry (Ben Gazzara), Archie (Peter Falk) and Gus (John Cassavetes) attend the funeral of their buddy David Rowlands (Stuart Jackson); all three are starting to feel the pressures of their advancing years, while Harry is having serious problems with his marriage. After the funeral, the three men decide that they need to get away from it all for a while, and they spend the next two days getting drunk, shooting hoops, playing cards, sleeping on the subway, and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

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"Few films capture with such life-affirming wonder the despair, hatred, and incomprehension that drives the sexes together and apart."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"This 1970 film is John Cassavetes's most irritating, full of the male braggadocio and bluster that mar even some of his best work. But it's impossible to dismiss or shake off entirely."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A brilliantly textured film to be savoured."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"If Cassavetes' hipster cine-language has lost a little of its age and the innovative improv style won't be for everyone, the themes he tackles, riffed by a masterful group of actors, remain enthralling."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"... a personal, provocative and uncompromising vision and a daring journey into the psyche of American men."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"It is almost unbearably long. It is a narrative film without any real narrative, and although it is a movie about three characters, those characters are seen almost exclusively in terms of their limiting relationship."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Highly uneven, painfully drawn-out, deeply sincere, wildly misogynistic and at times agonisingly tedious. It is also intermittently brilliant, with moments of piercing honesty."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Unyielding and underdeveloped, like a semi-interesting draft for something John Updike decided against writing."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"A gruelling and sometimes exasperating film, notable for its raw performances - as well as its avoidance of close-ups and point-of-view shots."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"Husbands is devoid of story but filled with a present-tense vitality and emotional honesty"
‑ Paul Brenner,
"John Cassavetes' Husbands is disappointing in the way Antonioni's Zabriskie Point was. It shows an important director not merely failing, but not even understanding why."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Cassavetes was a masterful anti-Hollywood director who probed human failings until he reached right under the skin."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Husbands may not be structurally perfect, but it's an unsentimental dissection of ego, fear and masculinity nonetheless."
‑ Matthew Thrift, Little White Lies
"Veers from the ridiculous to the sublime with little shilly-shallying in between."
‑ Hannah McGill, The List
"Cassavetes' most dangerous and unfiltered expression of masculine anxiety -- a raw, deliberately off-putting masterpiece."
‑ Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly
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