My Favorite Wife
My Favorite Wife (1940)

Irene Dunne stars as Ellen Arden, the presumed-dead first wife of Nick (Cary Grant), who's sudden return to society prompts the revelation that Nick has remarried in her absence.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 1, 2004
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

Ninety minutes of delightfully irrational comedy.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

While it's pleasant enough, the freshness is definitely off the bloom.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Lots of laughs for the first three-quarters of the film but then it peters out for the expected finale.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

A relatively formulaic (though beautifully produced) bedroom comedy...

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Emanuel Levy

Garson Kanin is not Leo McCarey, who was originally assigned to direct this screwball comedy, reuniting Cary Grant and Irene Dunne (Awful Truth), but he has made a well acted, decent, and enjoyable film.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...benefits heavily from Grant's charismatic presence...

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The direction of Garson Kanin is spotty, and there is evidence of faults in editing -- but who cares?

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Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Nowadays, we would call this the purview of a low-rent TV sitcom. Watching it play out 70 years earlier with top-flight stars doesn't make it any more palatable.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's easy to see why Leo McCarey opted out of this tepid romantic comedy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
i liked this one better than "the awful truth" (a more popular, more well known film), although i don't know why...maybe it's simply the… More
Aj V
Grant and Dunne make a great couple in this movie. It's very funny and romantic at the same time. I highly recommend this to fans of Grant.
Devon Bott
My Favorite Wife is one of the lesser, lighter Cary Grant movies. In it, he plays a man whose wife is lost at sea. Seven years later, he goes to the judge to… More
Marisol M
Grant and Hepburn may have been the more popular pairing, but I think Dunne is Grant's ideal onscreen partner. Ignore the implausibility of the plot; it… More
Spencer S.
Dunne and Grant were teamed many a time, but this film seems a bit broader, and filled with moments where you have to suspend your disbelief, including… More
Sunil Jawahir
Irene Dunne is loveably troublesome.