The Odd Couple
The Odd Couple (1968)

Neil Simon's hit Broadway play The Odd Couple has retained the liveliness and humor in its transition to the big screen. TV news writer Felix Ungar (Jack Lemmon) has been thrown out by his wife and is headed for a divorce. After several… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 12, 2000
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TIME Magazine

The Neil Simon comedy that lit up Broadway for more than two years shines again in this flawed but still funny screen adaptation.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

An irresistible double act from Lemmon and Matthau.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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.

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Mark Bourne

...a durable classic, the sort of comedy that doesn't try to yank laughs by cramming its fist down our throats.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It does well as an evening's entertainment.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

For all its overfamiliarity, this is a good play, easily Simon's best, and Matthau and Lemmon inhabit it with grace and style.

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Classic buddy comedy finds hilarity in its mature themes.

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Bill Gibron

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.

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Jim Hunter
Neat-freak Felix rooms with the messy Oscar. Classic, funny, and enjoyable, <i>The Odd Couple</i> works primarily because of the strong performances… More
Spencer S.
Pairing the irritable crumudgeon Walter Matthau and the always peppy and spirited Jack Lemmon was a brilliant clash of comedy sensibilities. The warped, and… More
Lady D'arbanville
Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau make a great comedy pairing who in this film drive each other crazy. The comedy capers between the pair make this a timeless… More
♥Robyn M♥
two divorced men share an apartment but although they are best friends the extreme differences in their personalities is a constant source of conflict,as there… More
Daniel Mumby
The Odd Couple is a comedy which has stood the test of time and survived all attempts made on its longevity, from its endless inferior imitators to its own… More
Aj V
This is a great movie from a great play which lead to a great TV show. I watched the show when I was a kid, and now that I've finally seen the movie, I… More