The War of the Roses
The War of the Roses (1989)

Divorce lawyer Danny De Vito warns his prospective client that the story he's about to tell isn't a pretty one, but the client listens with eager intensity -- as do the folks out there in the movie in the audience. The War of the… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: December 18, 2001
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

DeVito's taste for unorthodox camera angles and striking camera movements occasionally verges on overreaching but for the most part admirably serves the action.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

DeVito's direction is distinctively odd (with a lot of low-angle shots looking up at things), enjoyably mischievous and always somehow mindful that there may be, at the heart of all this comic mayhem, something substantial going on.

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Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com

Greatly amusing, but its lasting achievement is DeVito's atmospheric authority, shaping a genuine filmmaking triumph in style and mood that deserves a standing ovation.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Trying to wring yocks from a deranged couple locked in mortal combat over possession of their house is more suited to film noir than black comedy.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

DeVito triumphs by instilling this caustic satire with truth and consequence.

Robyn Karney
Empire Magazine

Wildly funny and deeply disturbing.

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Time Out

De Vito's quirky camera angles and Kathleen Turner's steely-eyed spite inject a sadistic comic-strip madness into a film that for once has the nerve to see its nastiness through.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

[A] deliciously jaundiced perspective on matrimony.

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Film4

One of the most durable -- and characteristic -- comedies of the 1980s.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Oliver Rose: You weren't even multiorgasmic before you met me, were you?  "There is no winning! Only degrees of losing!" It took me a long time… More
Cassie Hill
Very enjoyable 80s movie. Some good laughs but I still love Romancing The Stone & The Jewel Of The Nile the best lol!!!! :)
Candy Rose
Funny movie about a divorce lawyer and his client Oliver Rose. Barbara worked her whole life to provide for her family and make a good home. When the kids are… More
Anthony Lawrie
Quite a shocking film really. Two hateful people trying to kill each other for two hours. Classic black comedy!
Ken Stachnik
Fun and really dark black comedy about a fighting couple from Danny DeVito.
Mark Hobin
Director Danny DeVito's acerbic take on marriage is an acquired taste, to be sure. However, dark comedy is still hilarious tale of one-upmanship as Oliver… More

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