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Based on 40 Reviews
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  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Close gets laughs, as does Bette Midler as a Jewish rebel. But the sting is gone. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Before it degenerates into a complete mess, it's an entertaining mess, and something about its willingness to please maintains the audience's goodwill throughout. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    You feel some of the strain in this immaculately shot, designed and costumed farce, but it's fast and the cast is lively, even though a lost-looking Broderick rarely gets to shoot his patented bewildered look. show more

  • 10
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    A pitiful shambles of a remake, The Stepford Wives might have qualified as a rethinking of the 1975 original if there were any trace of coherent thought in the finished product. show more

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Only Close, in a majestically, maniacally brittle demonstration of Stepford overdrive, has the courage to show how nutty the pursuit of domestic perfection is. In this mess of a film, she is perfection. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    The star of this overachieving trifle is not Kidman, it's Paul Rudnick. The New York playwright and screenwriter ("In & Out") has taken a pair of dated watermarks from the '70s - Ira Levin's horror novel and its faithful 1975 movie adaptation - and turned them into a broad, feverishly fey parody. show more

  • 60
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Because the entire audience knows what's going on, the filmmakers hope to distract viewers from storytelling weaknesses with an urgent sense of style. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The 1975 movie tilted toward horror instead of comedy. Now here's a version that tilts the other way, and I like it a little better. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    It's hilarious -- and on purpose, too. This is the first satisfying adult summer comedy set in New England to come out of Hollywood since "The Witches of Eastwick" in 1987. show more

  • 63
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Trying to be more antic and cuttingly funny, it misses the premise's shivery tension. The story loses us at precisely the moment it should put us in the vise. show more

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