Married Life
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It looks beautiful, and the convoluted plotting is initially the right side of Hitchcock pastiche, but the central conundrum is teased out over so many twists and false climaxes that ultimately it's a shrug, not a shock, which greets the denouement."
‑ Paul Fairclough, Time Out
"It oscillates between stale period piece and unengaging melodrama, coyly seducing viewers with the potential it fails to fulfill."
‑ Kevin Craft, Miami Herald
"The roundelay structure and Hitchcockian nods could have easily given way to a sardonic puppet theater, but Sachs and screenwriter Oren Moverman care too much about their characters to turn them into pawns"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"It is as though filmmaker Ira Sachs fears that just making a film about infidelity is too straight, too pedestrian, so, he's got to introduce the possibility that murder is on the horizon."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Entertainment Insiders
"Once he gets out from under his influences and trusts his own gut, Sachs might become a major director."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review
"Sachs combines humor, suspense, and twists of plot that keep the ground shifting under our feet."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"Offers audiences movie pleasures, as well as emotionally authentic challenges."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"One of the more ethically dubious films to come out of Hollywood in years."
‑ Josh Rosenblatt, Austin Chronicle
"Even movies that dare to paint dark portraits of the sacred institution can't resist glorifying it in the end."
‑ Nathaniel Rogers, Pajiba
"Thought-provoking themes swirl around in this drama, brought to life by a skilled cast and a director who plays with Hitchcockian themes and imagery. In the end, it feels a bit undercooked, but the actors keep us glued to the screen."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"It's as dry as the martinis these well-dressed stiffs keep ordering at that perfectly preserved oak, leather and velvet bar before hopping into their vintage convertibles."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Married Life is an engaging romance noir, a sort of updated The Postman Always Rings Twice that packs its surprises into four characters, none of them predictable."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"This darkly comic dramatic thriller, which is set just after World War II, is more than merely watchable. It's very smart and is old-fashioned in several respects."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The ensemble cast chemistry is superb in its nearly suffocating tangle of repressed passions, but the family-values wrap-up of all these messy erotic tensions feels ultimately far too pat and unresolved."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"It's a good cast, with Cooper outstanding, but Sachs's direction is stodgy and the screenplay is grindingly self-conscious."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
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