Cleopatra's Second Husband
Cleopatra's Second Husband (1998)

Leaving for vacation, art photographer Robert (Hipp) and his controlling wife Hallie (Schram) leave their house to two house-sitters Zack (Kestner) and Sophie (Mitchell). Things take a turn when they return home and find that Zack and… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 16, 1998
DVD Release Date: July 30, 2002
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Critics say Cleopatra's Second Husband is unappetizing to watch and moves too slowly. Also, you don't care what happens to the characters.

Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

It's a bitter pill to swallow, featuring a quartet of unsympathetic characters and an unrelenting air of misanthropy.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

A diabolically clever psychological suspense movie.

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Ron Wells
Film Threat

It becomes a quite interesting tale of co-dependency, and the illusions of control people can construct in their lives.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

One of those potentially interesting movies that takes its sweet time getting to the point -- by which time many audience members will likely have bailed out or dozed off.

Mark Holcomb
Village Voice

Unlike its Hollywood kin ... this scene from the class gurgle has the courage of its convictions -- which are misanthropic enough to make Neil LaBute wince.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A tough thriller to find enjoyable or completely satisfying no matter how well crafted the story is by writer-director Jon Reiss ...

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

The characters are so dislikable that not much seems to be at stake.

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James Berardinelli

For anyone who doesn't mind being exposed to something a little dark and unsettling, Cleopatra's Second Husband offers 90 minutes of intriguing cinema.

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E! Online

The execution of [Reiss's] nightmare ultimately moves too slowly to make this late-blooming freak-out worth waiting for.

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