An Unmarried Woman
An Unmarried Woman (1978)

Paul Mazursky's An Unmarried Woman follows the turmoil of a woman named Erica (Jill Clayburgh), whose comfortable domestic life is thrown into turmoil when her husband Martin (Michael Murphy) reveals over lunch that he is in love with… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: March 5, 1978
DVD Release Date: January 10, 2006
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Pauline Kael
New Yorker

A tenderhearted feminist picture.

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Emanuel Levy

Jill Clayburgh received a well-deserved Oscar nomination for playing an ordinary woman who goes through divorce and identity crisis in this quintessential New York movie that was championed by the feminist movement in the 1970s.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Beautifully conveys one woman's journey from dependent security to independent self-confidence.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

The action unfolds with a documentary-style geographical specificity, offering a time capsule of Manhattan locations, uptown and downtown alike.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Presents a credible single scene.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Tries so hard to be so sensitive that it starts to unravel.

Roger Ebert
Film Comment Magazine

There are scenes in An Unmarried Woman so well written and acted that our laughter is unsettling, the laughter of exact recognition.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...the movie is ultimately undone by a thoroughly dated, anachronistic aura...

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
The tale of the independent divorced woman had its beginnings in this Paul Mazursky helmed film; about Erica (Clayburgh), a wronged woman who begins living a… More
Danny Rovira
Paul Mazursky's poignant, observant and moving drama is his magnum opus as a director and writer. The film's greatest asset is the bravura turn by the… More
Michael S
Why is this great film so forgotten?
cody franklin
Jill Clayburgh is outstanding as a woman who is suddenly divorced from her husband of 16 years. She struggles with her new freedom and has to learn to trust… More
John Ballantine
A bit dated but one of the first attempts to deal with the "modern" woman who often find themselves divorced and open to "temptation" Strong… More