The Divorcée
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Norma Shearer earned an Academy Award for playing the not so gay divorcée in this pre-Code offering based, loosely, on Ex-Wife, a 1929 Ursula Parrott novel. Shearer is Jerry, a socialite who marries handsome Ted (Chester Morris) after a whirlwind courtship. But Ted is not exactly the faithful type and after three years of what she in her naïveté considered marital bliss, Jerry learns of his affair with Janice (Mary Doran). "It meant nothing," Ted assures her but Jerry is devastated and decides to investigate adultery for herself by sleeping with Ted's best friend, Don (Robert… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A movie about, essentially, the perils of revenge sex (for women, at least)."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Mesmo que supostamente denuncie o machismo da época, o próprio filme é machista, moralista e repleto de personagens desprezíveis, sendo verdadeiramente repugnante."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"[Shearer] certainly deserved her Oscar for this one."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Hysterical early talkie melodrama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Refreshingly excited about female sexuality for a Hollywood movie, though pretty tame stuff all in all."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"It's doubtful that this melodrama, in which Norma Shearer challenges society's double standards about sexual mores by flirting with several men, could have been made after 1934 due to strictures of the Production Code."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Surpisingly strong, effective early talkie from usually tepid MGM"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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