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Based on 21 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • NA
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    With Lake at the center, something that could have been innocuous becomes painful, and a sure shot at mediocrity is transformed into one of the worst films of the year. show more

  • 50
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    Happily, MacLaine (who can pull off these lovable eccentric dowagers while she's sleeping) and Fraser, showcasing a previously untapped flair for romantic comedy, keep Lake on her toes. [19 Apr 1996, p.1D] show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    But clever casting, and inspirational dieting, can't make up for this poor little rich girl's shortcomings as a comedienne. Under Mr. Benjamin's vulgar tutelage, she portrays Connie's coarseness coarsely, with an accent that seems to have come from Ida Lupino by way of Madonna. [19 Apr 1996, p.A11] show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Mrs. Winterbourne doesn't amount to much. But it's such a professional job, done with such glow and verve -- and the people making it seem to be having such an infectiously good time -- that it's hard to resist. Good comedies are easy to love anyway. [19 Apr 1996, p.C] show more

  • 75
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    Of course, turning a novel by Woolrich into a light romantic froth is a little like turning King Lear into a musical comedy. But Benjamin has the right comic touch to pull this off. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Because it is light and stylish and good-hearted, it is quite possible to enjoy, in the right frame of mind. This is more of a movie to see on video, on an empty night when you need something to hurl at the gloom. show more

  • 50
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    The script is a little too clunky to serve Ricki Lake well, and Richard Benjamin's direction is a bit too sluggish to disguise her limited range as he crams this romantic fairy tale a little too forcefully into its predetermined mold. [19 Apr 1996, p.53] show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    This film mistakes action for energy, ridiculous circumstances for comedy, and a mismatched male/female pairing for romance. show more

  • 38
    TV Guide

    Somehow, Hollywood has managed to reinvent the hard-boiled source novel -- Cornel Woolrich's "I Married a Dead Man" -- as a soft-centered candy of a comedy, and the result is indigestible. show more

  • 38
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Narratively, the film strikes all the sentimental chords that audiences typically find so reassuring, but the music grates here, sounding mechanical and flat, lacking the single ingredient indispensable to any uplifting fable - a charming belief in its own sweet nature. [19 Apr 1996, p. C1] show more

  • August 01, 2008 Sweetrose
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    I enjoyed this sad tale of trouble;Connie(Lake) is a passenger on the train, and she is pregnant by her boyfriend.Hugh(Frasier) is also on the train with his lovely wife.Apparently,the train crashes and Hugh tragically dies with his pregnant bride.Connie is the survivor,who just happens to have the ring on her finger.Grace(MacLaine) mistakes her for her daughter-in-law-and son.BIll is Hugh's lookalike brother who is suspicious of Connie's motives.The Winterbournes welcome Connie into the family,but her boyfriend tries to blackmail her with the truth he knows.This is a real heart-tugger and I applaud MacLaine,Frasier and Lake for their performances

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