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Susan Seidelman directed this loose adaptation of Fay Weldon's novel The Life and Loves of a She-Devil concerning the extreme revenge exacted by a dumpy housewife on her philandering husband. Mary Fisher (Meryl Streep) is a best-selling romance novelist of the manner of Danielle Steel or Jackie Collins. One night at a glamorous dinner party, Ruth (Roseanne Barr), the frumpy housewife of Bob (Ed Begley Jr.), accidentally spills wine over Mary's pink evening gown. Bob rushes to Mary's assistance, they look into each other's eyes, and it is lust at first sight. After a few… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Meryl Streep is divine in this misguided guilty pleasure"
‑ Neil Cohen, Echo Magazine
"A so-so entry in the knee-em-in-the-nuts genre."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"A flop at the time of it's release, but actually a very good and funny female revenge fantasy from the seriously underrated director Susan Seidelman."
‑ Blake Davis, KFOR Channel 4 News
"Misses the savage satire of Fay Weldon's novel."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"It absolutely doesn't work."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Proof that Roseanne sold her soul for fame."
‑ Kevin A. Ranson,
"Just as big of a surprise that Streep and Barr are working together, is the fact that this is mildly entertaining."
‑ Greg Muskewitz,
More reviews for She-Devil on Rotten Tomatoes

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