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  • 90
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Under the astute direction of Danny DeVito, who does a sly turn as Oliver's attorney, this acid-dipped epic of revenge is killingly funny and dramatically daring. show more

  • 75
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    Although the movie goes too far, you can hardly get enough of its delicious atmosphere - and of Turner, in particular, who has never looked better on the big screen. [8 Dec 1989] show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    This smashingly filmed and performed one-shot is (uh, so to speak) the year's best romantic comedy. [8 Dec 1989] show more

  • 40
    Wall Street Journal

    A great premise for a movie. Unfortunately, The War of the Roses is not clever, at least not very often. [14 Dec 1989, p.A20(E)] show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie treads a dangerous line. There are times when its ferocity threatens to break through the boundaries of comedy - to become so unremitting we find we cannot laugh. show more

  • 75
    Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune

    It can't be easy to keep a comedy on track when the underlying emotions are so vicious, and indeed DeVito's staging slips more than once -- too realistic here, too broad there -- resulting in a film that is at least as often funny-peculiar as it is funny-haha. [8 Dec 1989] show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The ending is especially inventive, managing to be sour, cynical, sentimental, and upbeat at the same time. [22 Dec 1989] show more

  • 80
    TV Guide

    DeVito films this tale with a fiendish gusto, yet with psychological realism and meticulous attention to an inexorable logic in the plotting, even as the Roses' war moves from the outlandish to the surreal. show more

  • 80
    Empire

    Quite shocking, almost avant-garde in the way it constantly confounds expectations built up over years of formula pictures. show more

  • 83
    Entertainment Weekly

    DeVito doesn't hesitate to send the camera anywhere to goose the humor. show more

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