A Woman Under the Influence
A Woman Under the Influence (1975)

John Cassavetes' A Woman Under the Influence is about a housewife (Gena Rowlands) on the brink of insanity and her blue-collar husband (Peter Falk) who attempts to understand her plight, but often becomes violently frustrated with her… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1975
DVD Release Date: June 29, 1998
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Electrified by searing performances from Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk, A Woman Under the Influence finds pioneering independent filmmaker John Cassavetes working at his artistic peak.

Richard Brody
New Yorker

The primal violence that binds men and woman has rarely been evoked as plausibly or intensely as in this 1974 drama.

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Rowlands' performance in the title role is one of those tour de force numbers available only to screen players of alcoholics and lunatics.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Magnifies in squirmy detail the efforts of a couple to cope with her -- or should that be their? -- mental meltdown.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

Falk and Rowlands -- in performances of almost indescribable intensity -- detail a marriage anchored by love, but tossed by the expectations of others and the unpredictable swell of madness.

Time Out

An astonishing, compulsive film, directed with a crackling energy.

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Eric Melin

Despite the fact that there's a lot of technique on display here, the film still described as cinéma vérité, which I suppose is a testament to how raw and emotional it all feels.

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Tim Grierson
Village Voice

Falk and the rest of the cast are exceptional -- even the smallest roles feel spot-on -- but Rowlands is the film.

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Nora Sayre
New York Times

The most frightening scenes are extremely compelling, and this is a thoughtful film that does prompt serious discussion.

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Cole Smithey

Gena Rowlands gives a career-defining tour de force performance that is a pinnacle of film-acting in an earth-shattering film that is unlike any other ever made.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Jonathan Hutchings
One cannot be a fan of independent cinema without acknowledging the contributions of John Cassavetes. A Woman Under the Influence, arguably his best film, sees… More
Steven Carrier
I feel like I am doing disservice to the picture if I try to summarize John Cassavetes' "A Woman Under the Influence" into a blurb review.… More
Graham Jones
Two of the best performances I've ever seen. Gena Rowlands makes you fall in love with her and feel sorry for her. Peter Falk is great as the rough man who… More
Saskia D.
I was looking forward to a good cry, but I was a nervous wreck after finishing it. This movie is f***ing intense! Gena Rowlands won several awards for her… More
Stella Dallas
a devastating film containing one of the bravest performances ever seen, for which gena rowlands is justly celebrated, overshadowing the fine work of her… More
Drew Smith
Finals are over! I can actually watch movies again! This was a great induction back into the world of listless cinephilia, simply because I don't think… More