The Wife

critic Reviews

85% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score85%
  • The Wife relies on the strength of Glenn Close's performance to drive home the power of its story -- and she proves thoroughly, grippingly up to the task.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Andiee PaviourNobody's Reading This But Me
    From the outside, Joe Castleman and his wife of 40 years, Joan, have a textbook marriage. Joe is a literary lion, who has just been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Joan is his self-effacing helpmeet, basking in the great man's reflected glory.
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    Chris HunneysettDaily Mirror (UK)
    stuffy and stagey
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    Matthew LucasThe Dispatch (Lexington, NC)
    The film around her may be a tepid melodrama that doesn't seem to know what to do with its subject (or with her as an actress), but Close is extraordinary.
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    Andrew KendallStabroek News
    The film is most effective when it allows the couple at its centre to simply play off each other.
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    Victor StiffIn The Seats
    What stands out in The Wife is how easily society downplays womens' talents, stifles their creative voices, and nudges them into subservient roles.
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    Peter GrayQnews
    As competently handled as Bjorn Runge's The Wife is, the film ultimately succeeds off the back of Glenn Close's central performance, with the actress delivering one of the finest of her career.
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    Cate MarquisWe Are Movie Geeks
    The Wife is a tour-de-force showcase for the considerable talents of one woman, Glenn Close, a performance that could win her that long-deserved Oscar.
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    Julie CrawfordNorth Shore News (Vancouver, B.C.)
    The Wife is one well-executed example of the proverbial woman behind the man, and what it cost her to stay put.
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    Wendy ShreveFeaturing Film
    The Wife has brilliant, memorable scenes, but its Glenn Close who carries the weight of the movie on her shoulders with ease.
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    Francis X. FrielMountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
    A good story, interesting characters, and a great cast can't quite make up for the leaden and obvious filmmaking.
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