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The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972)

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Paul Zindel, this is a joint effort of husband and wife team Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman. Produced and directed by Newman, Woodward portrays the eccentric young widow who is raising her two… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 20, 1972
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Vincent Canby
New York Times

The talents of everyone connected with it are unmistakable, including those of Mr. Newman... It's just that the basic material calls for a kind of second-rate bravura performance from everyone, from the production designer to the actors.

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Variety Staff

Producer-director Paul Newman has made his finest behind-the-camera film to date in the screen version of Paul Zindel's play.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

Joanne Woodward's high-decibel output comes across like a distaff version of Jon Lovitz' Master Thespian.

Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

Sentimental without really being tender, naturalistic without being real.

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Roger Ebert

Joanne Woodward's performance is not like anything she's ever done before.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Newman and Woodward's daughter Potts steals the movie, but what makes it so watchable is Newman's reluctance to sentimentalise.

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TV Guide

Joanne Woodward is superb.

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