The Stepford Wives
The Stepford Wives (1975)

In the William Goldman-scripted, Bryan Forbes-directed adaptation of Ira Levin's savagely satiric sci-fi novel The Stepford Wives, housewife Joanna (Katharine Ross) moves with husband Walter (Peter Masterson) and their children to the… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 12, 1975
DVD Release Date: December 1, 1997
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Overlong and underdeveloped, this flimsy Bryan Forbes horror story (1975) would probably have made a decent television movie; but on the big screen and stretched to nearly two hours, it sags badly.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I can imagine similar material being directed by, say, Woody Allen, and coming out pointed and funny. Instead, director Bryan Forbes gets all solemn and spooky and goes for obvious effects like bolts of lightning and forbidding Gothic mansions.

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TV Guide

The first hour takes what feels like two, and the last 44 minutes goes like an Indy car, so the pace is alternately snail's and Lamborghini's.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

William Goldman's leisurely script and Forbes' dull direction never quite capture the subtleties of Ira Levin's novel about an idyllic Connecticut commuter village where the housewives are a bunch of domesticated dummies.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A fine, if somewhat overworked paranoia thriller... [Katharine] Ross's increasingly frantic but reliably strong-willed performance makes her an ideal subject.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Decent 70s thriller.

Vincent Canby
New York Times

The humor that remains in the movie is preesnted with such facetiousness one almost feels embarrassed to watch. You want to tell the actors to take it easy, since it's apparent that Bryan Forbes, the film's director, didn't.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A reflection on a society that wants to have it both ways.

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Clint Morris

The original and the best....truly creepy

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Interesting, and eerie horror film, The Stepford Wives is one of those films that takes its time with the plot to grab you in, and it works. There are terrific… More
Jameson Worley
I really like this film alot. I have not read all of the novel, but I have read enough of it to know that this adaptation is more in sync with the mood and tone… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Uneven attempt to reach the level of unsettling paranoia and commentary on women's lib against conservative/intrusive community of "Rosemary's… More
Aj V
I loved this movie, it's a lot better than the new remake. It's creepy and kinda weird, but I loved it.
Daniel Mumby
Whenever classic films are poorly remade, they have the side effect of putting audiences off seeing the originals. Many who saw Frank Oz's ghastly remake… More
Conner Rainwater
A really sad and morbid outlook on the future of male dominance, a true horror story. While it certainly puts you in the feminist perspective and makes you feel… More

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