The Odd Couple
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Compulsive neatnik Felix Unger (Jack Lemmon) is thrown out of his house by his divorce-bound wife. He wanders aimlessly through the streets of New York, toying with the idea of suicide, before gravitating to the apartment of his best friend, incorrigibly sloppy sportswriter Oscar Madison (Walter Matthau). Worried that Felix will try something desperate, Oscar, himself in the process of being divorced by his wife, invites Felix to move in with him. Within a few days, this mismatched pair is on the verge of mutual murder: Felix cannot abide Oscar's slovenliness, while Oscar is driven insane… More

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"The Neil Simon comedy that lit up Broadway for more than two years shines again in this flawed but still funny screen adaptation."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"An irresistible double act from Lemmon and Matthau."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"The key to the movie is its stars... it is Matthau's reserved yet committed man's man that gives the film its comedic edge."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"'s still the original movie that best captures the essence of the characters and story."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"The only successful adaptation of a Neil Simon play."
‑ , Film4
"...a durable classic, the sort of comedy that doesn't try to yank laughs by cramming its fist down our throats."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"It does well as an evening's entertainment."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Acting is all: Lemmon and Matthau are terrific in their first teaming in this highly amusing comedy, which is sharply written by Neil Simon but poorly directed by theater helmer Gene Saks."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"he plot, nothing more than a premise based on Simon's real-life brother, Danny, goes nowhere, but then it's not really supposed to."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Truly classic comedy in Neil Simon school with superb Lemmon and Matthau."
‑ Steve Crum,
"For all its overfamiliarity, this is a good play, easily Simon's best, and Matthau and Lemmon inhabit it with grace and style."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Classic buddy comedy finds hilarity in its mature themes."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"When critics discuss chemistry, that onscreen magic that occurs between perfectly paired actors, the electricity exemplified by Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon is a textbook illustration of same."
‑ Bill Gibron,
"Lemmon and Mathau's finest hour."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"The film still remains fresh, as amazingly the many one-liners and the wacky situation still work."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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