Husbands (1970)

John Cassavetes wrote and directed this look at three middle-aged men thrown into a midlife crisis when one of their mutual friends dies. Harry (Ben Gazzara), Archie (Peter Falk) and Gus (John Cassavetes) attend the funeral of their buddy… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 8, 1970
DVD Release Date: August 18, 2009
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

Few films capture with such life-affirming wonder the despair, hatred, and incomprehension that drives the sexes together and apart.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This 1970 film is John Cassavetes's most irritating, full of the male braggadocio and bluster that mar even some of his best work. But it's impossible to dismiss or shake off entirely.

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Peter Bradshaw

A brilliantly textured film to be savoured.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It is almost unbearably long. It is a narrative film without any real narrative, and although it is a movie about three characters, those characters are seen almost exclusively in terms of their limiting relationship.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

Highly uneven, painfully drawn-out, deeply sincere, wildly misogynistic and at times agonisingly tedious. It is also intermittently brilliant, with moments of piercing honesty.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Unyielding and underdeveloped, like a semi-interesting draft for something John Updike decided against writing.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

John Cassavetes' Husbands is disappointing in the way Antonioni's Zabriskie Point was. It shows an important director not merely failing, but not even understanding why.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

Cassavetes was a masterful anti-Hollywood director who probed human failings until he reached right under the skin.

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Matthew Thrift
Little White Lies

Husbands may not be structurally perfect, but it's an unsentimental dissection of ego, fear and masculinity nonetheless.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Jonathan Hutchings
I know Cassavetes' style is an acquired taste, and pushes the boundaries of cinematic narrative devices (thereby attracting lots of detractors), but I find… More
Tim Sigur
I am a huge Cassavettes fan and am the first one to say that this film is not for everyone. There are sections of this film (like most of his films) that people… More
John Ballantine
Far more effective in my opinion on showing the impact of death on the male psyche. The wanderings of the three husbands is revealing and far too realistic.