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MOVIE REVIEWS: THE OTHER WOMAN

April 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Most newspaper film critics are men and The Other Woman is aimed at women — a soc-called chick flick — so it might be understandable that most of the reviews of the movie are terrible. Except that all the major female film critics have joined in panning the revenge-themed movie. “Eventually the getting even and dumbing down gets tiresome. Somewhere along the way, The Other Woman forgets how to have fun with a bad romance.” Sara Stewart in the New York Post says that it plays “like a script that’s been moldering since Diane Keaton turned it down in 1983.” Elizabeth Weitzman in the New York Daily News strikes out at the male director, Nick Cassevetes. Why, she asks, is he “treating his cast and audience with so little respect?” And while Christie Lemire, the former Associated Press film critic who now hosts the movie review show What the Flik?, acknowledges that the film is funny “in sporadic spurts,” she nevertheless concludes that while it “raises some thoughtful questions about independence, identity and the importance of sisterhood, ultimately it would rather poop on them and then throw them through a window in hopes of getting the big laugh.” The nation’s male critics are less likely to go along with those assessments. A case in point: Stephen Holden’s review in the New York Times, who writes that it is “so dumb, lazy, clumsily assembled and unoriginal, it could crush any actor forced to execute its leaden slapstick gags and mouth its crude, humorless dialogue.”