The Stepford Wives
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In the William Goldman-scripted, Bryan Forbes-directed adaptation of Ira Levin's savagely satiric sci-fi novel The Stepford Wives, housewife Joanna (Katharine Ross) moves with husband Walter (Peter Masterson) and their children to the "ideal" suburban community of Stepford, CT. Slowly, Joanna deduces that something is amiss; most of the other housewives are vapid creatures who speak in trivialities and live only to please their husbands. Together with new friend Bobby (Paula Prentiss), she investigates this curious status quo. When Bobby also succumbs to cloying sweetness, Joanna… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Overlong and underdeveloped, this flimsy Bryan Forbes horror story (1975) would probably have made a decent television movie; but on the big screen and stretched to nearly two hours, it sags badly."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"I can imagine similar material being directed by, say, Woody Allen, and coming out pointed and funny. Instead, director Bryan Forbes gets all solemn and spooky and goes for obvious effects like bolts of lightning and forbidding Gothic mansions."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Decent 70s thriller."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Maintains a satisfying level of suspense, and if nothing else beats the stuffing out of the lame remake."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"The Stepford Wives contains a number of timeless scenes that are the essence of women's fears about the patriarchal society in which they live."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"William Goldman's leisurely script and Forbes' dull direction never quite capture the subtleties of Ira Levin's novel about an idyllic Connecticut commuter village where the housewives are a bunch of domesticated dummies."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"A reflection on a society that wants to have it both ways."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The original and the best....truly creepy"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Critical of the suburban milieu as a petri dish where regressive sexist fantasies are cultivated."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Still holds up as part horror film, part social commentary"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"The humor that remains in the movie is preesnted with such facetiousness one almost feels embarrassed to watch. You want to tell the actors to take it easy, since it's apparent that Bryan Forbes, the film's director, didn't."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The first hour takes what feels like two, and the last 44 minutes goes like an Indy car, so the pace is alternately snail's and Lamborghini's."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Overrated uber-70s style thriller with an intriguing premise."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Truly scary in a can't-shake-it kind of way"
‑ Sarah Chauncey, Reel.com
"The misogynistic twist at the end is an acquiescence in the worst sort of way."
‑ Greg Muskewitz, eFilmCritic.com
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