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The Wife Reviews

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April 26, 2020
Masterfully adapted by Jane Anderson from Meg Wolitzer's novel, the film and Close's performance demonstrate that the slow-burn-approach is often the best and most effective one.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 3, 2020
Whilst The Wife as a film itself is an above-average drama, Glenn Close's performance is the memorable factor. It's a tour de force performance; a powerhouse display that fully commands the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 6, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 21, 2019
stuffy and stagey
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 21, 2019
The film is most effective when it allows the couple at its centre to simply play off each other.
May 7, 2019
What stands out in The Wife is how easily society downplays womens' talents, stifles their creative voices, and nudges them into subservient roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 4, 2019
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.
April 22, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 16, 2019
The Wife is one well-executed example of the proverbial woman behind the man, and what it cost her to stay put.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
April 2, 2019
The Wife has brilliant, memorable scenes, but its Glenn Close who carries the weight of the movie on her shoulders with ease.
March 20, 2019
A good story, interesting characters, and a great cast can't quite make up for the leaden and obvious filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 6, 2019
"Theirs is a marriage of convenience, it is true, but also of love".
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 5, 2019
Close is excellent in a film that excels due to its great cast. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 27, 2019
The Wife is an aging fantasy of revenge. Close's character is the real talent in the family.
February 18, 2019
A woman empowered by the weight of a secret is the fuel for The Wife. Glenn Close delivers with pure and raw force. [Full review in Spanish].
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 15, 2019
Glenn Close is the show-stealer of this film, and rightly so
February 15, 2019
Director Bjorn Runge explores, with bracing honesty, the crisis in the life of a seemingly happy, elderly married couple.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 14, 2019
The Wife might be the greatest film of the post #MeToo era.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 14, 2019
The Wife is an insight into long relationships, the way men and women heal and hurt each other. There are moments here that all husbands and wives will recognize. But the biggest reason to see this film is to experience the power of Glenn Close.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 12, 2019
It's a timely discussion indeed, and if that's not enticing enough, the masterclass on acting by Glenn Close will certainly convince you to watch 'The Wife.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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