The War of the Roses
The War of the Roses (1989)

Divorce lawyer Danny De Vito warns his prospective client that the story he's about to tell isn't a pretty one, but the client listens with eager intensity -- as do the folks out there in the movie in the audience. The War of the… More

Directed By:
Rated: R
Running Time:
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: December 8, 1989
DVD Release Date: December 18, 2001
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Available Online

Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

DeVito's taste for unorthodox camera angles and striking camera movements occasionally verges on overreaching but for the most part admirably serves the action.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

DeVito's direction is distinctively odd (with a lot of low-angle shots looking up at things), enjoyably mischievous and always somehow mindful that there may be, at the heart of all this comic mayhem, something substantial going on.

Brian Orndorf

Greatly amusing, but its lasting achievement is DeVito's atmospheric authority, shaping a genuine filmmaking triumph in style and mood that deserves a standing ovation.

Full review…
Variety Staff

Trying to wring yocks from a deranged couple locked in mortal combat over possession of their house is more suited to film noir than black comedy.

Full review…
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

DeVito triumphs by instilling this caustic satire with truth and consequence.

Robyn Karney
Empire Magazine

Wildly funny and deeply disturbing.

Full review…
Time Out

De Vito's quirky camera angles and Kathleen Turner's steely-eyed spite inject a sadistic comic-strip madness into a film that for once has the nerve to see its nastiness through.

Full review…
Desson Thomson
Washington Post

[A] deliciously jaundiced perspective on matrimony.

Full review…

One of the most durable -- and characteristic -- comedies of the 1980s.

Full review…
More reviews for The War of the Roses

Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Oliver Rose: You weren't even multiorgasmic before you met me, were you?  "There is no winning! Only degrees of losing!" It took me a long time… More
Cassie Hill
Very enjoyable 80s movie. Some good laughs but I still love Romancing The Stone & The Jewel Of The Nile the best lol!!!! :)
Candy Rose
Funny movie about a divorce lawyer and his client Oliver Rose. Barbara worked her whole life to provide for her family and make a good home. When the kids are… More
Mark Hobin
Director Danny DeVito's acerbic take on marriage is an acquired taste, to be sure. However, dark comedy is still hilarious tale of one-upmanship as Oliver… More
Ken Stachnik
Fun and really dark black comedy about a fighting couple from Danny DeVito.
Dean King
A funny comedy about a couple breaking up with all the leads from the Romancing the Stone film.