Mistress (1991)

A pair of filmmakers find themselves in trouble when their three major financiers -- a film mogul, a shady businessman, and a wealthy investor -- each demands that his mistress play the film's female lead. This comedy follows the… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: June 1, 1991
DVD Release Date: March 23, 1999
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Stratton

Can't seem to decide if it's supposed to be a comedy about Hollywood small-timers trying to get an indie pic off the ground, or a somber drama in which greed and lust overwhelm art.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Seeing Mistress is like getting a bad table at the in Hollywood restaurant. You're eavesdropping on all the dull conversations.

Quentin Curtis
Independent on Sunday

Director Barry Primus's script lacks punch, but what it has, it doesn't pull.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

The gags are too obvious; the conflict between art and money is hackneyed; and the plot goes badly off the rails in the later reels.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie has been described as a low-rent version of Robert Altman's "The Player," but it would be more accurate to say it's about low-rent players.

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Cole Smithey

A pitch black dark comedy.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

"Mistress" abounds with sharp comic performances that never stray into caricature or sentimentality.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Although it's never worse than watchable, the story barely expands beyond its own boundaries. It starts off appealingly small -- the way the old Albert Brooks movies used to. But it stays small.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Deft Hollywood satire with a top-drawer cast.

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Flixster Audience Score: 38% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Valletta
I appreciate this film more and more.