The Pumpkin Eater
The Pumpkin Eater (1964)

Anne Bancroft stars as a restless, twice-married British woman with six children, whose third husband is a fledgling screenwriter (Peter Finch). When success spins Finch's head around, he begins to dally with women other than his wife.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 9, 1964
DVD Release Date: October 17, 1995
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bosley Crowther
New York Times

It might make for valid drama if Mr. Pinter had done a half‐way job of establishing this insecure woman on firm psychological ground.

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David Thompson
Time Out

Fine performances notwithstanding, the world of the Hampstead soap opera now seems so far away as to almost rate as science fiction.

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TV Guide

This is a fine film, encompassing the joys and tragedies of life: birth and death, marriage and divorce, love and hate. The leads give their characters life.

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TIME Magazine

In this slow, strong, incisive film version of the book, the ironing out of a well-kept wife's unkempt psyche is portrayed with harrowing perception by Anne Bancroft.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

There's beautifully modulated direction from Jack Clayton and scriptwriter Harold Pinter's acidulent signature is all over it -- not to mention the influence of Michelangelo Antonioni.

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Emanuel Levy

A depressing but well acted marital drama, earning Anne Bancroft an Oscar nod for playing a mother of eight children married to the philandering Peter Finch.

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Variety Staff

Anne Bancroft is exceptionally good... The role may sound conventional enough, but not as played by Bancroft; she adds a depth and understanding which puts it on a higher plane.

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MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin

It's like a two-hour thunderstorm, with plenty of lightning but for some curious reason barely a drop of rain: that's to say no drop of mercy, no chance of organic growth, no final enlightenment.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a marvelously written piece of junk that no matter how brilliantly penned never rises above its shallow soap opera roots.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
This is a good melodramatic movie, I don't usually like that genre, but I got into this one, it was engaging. I should watch it again sometime.
John Ballantine
Terribly depressing which may have influenced my review of the film..but likely not. I give it a middle grade.
jay nixon
Anne Bancroft is brilliant in this heavy drama of the collapse of a bad marriage. The rest of the cast of fine English actors all give good performances but are… More
Emily B.
This really is a very underrated film. Anne Bancroft puts in a great performance as the three times married mother of 6 who is slowly being driven mad by her… More
Eric Broome
Jack Clayton ("Room at the Top," "The Innocents") directed this Harold Pinter script, crafting a somber portrait of a sham household. Jo… More