The Simian Line
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Director Linda Yellen spins this study of four couples as they struggle to maintain their relationships. Middle-aged divorcée and landlord Katharine (Lynn Redgrave) is completely smitten with her live-in lover Rick (Harry Connick, Jr.). She loves throwing parties, and on one Halloween she hosts a dinner for some wildly dissimilar guests: her tenets Sandra (Cindy Crawford) and Paul (Jamey Sheridan) are conservative professionals, while fellow building dwellers Marta (Monica Keena) and Billy (Dylan Bruno) are rock musicians. Also at the party is wacky psychic Arnita (Tyne Daly). During dinner,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An uneven, at times absorbing portrait of four couples struggling to define their relationships."
‑ Lael Loewenstein, Variety
"The story, such as it is, is hackneyed mush of the most contrived and patronizing kind."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
"Somewhere buried deep within Linda Yellen's The Simian Line lurks a potentially interesting film."
‑ Michael Dequina, Film Threat
"We grownups need more of this kind of silly, sweet, knowing romantic movie."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"The results here are decidedly mixed."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's a banal little indie ensemble comedy."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"One of those exercises in romantic whimsy that misses its mark: It's alternately sappy and uncomfortably harsh."
‑ Jonathan Foreman, New York Post
"Somewhere buried deep lurks a potentially interesting film."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"In the end it's simply weak."
‑ Dave White, IFilm
"It's telling ... that the most compelling performance in the film comes from Cindy Crawford, making her long-unawaited return to film after 1995's Fair Game."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"It's partly the characters and partly the performers who are responsible for generating more feelings in the afterlife than the film's Weehawken Six achieve in here and now."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Reveals [Yellen's] mastery of artifice and theatricality in the service of eliciting genuine emotion and insight into human nature."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"It is like an anthology that offers only one story that clicks."
‑ Bruce Feld, Film Journal International
"See it now or wait for cable? It's a fine Line."
‑ , E! Online
"You might think Weehawken is the epitome of dorkdom after the chimpanzee-less Line makes you choke on its old-fashioned, spiritless dust."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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