My Wife Is an Actress


Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28

Critic Reviews

  1. 63
    Combine the title with the image of a dazzling female and a frazzled male, and you've got the movie perfectly.
  2. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    The film's most endearing trait is that these people sincerely love movies, and they truly love their own idiosyncrasies. And is that not the greatest love of all?
  3. 80
    The film tends to groan under the weight of his obsessions -- and his sister's fixation on circumcising her son -- yet for much of the 95-minute running time the chemistry between Attal's vulnerable husband and Gainsbourg's sweet, beguiling wife is irresistible. The terrific score is by jazz pianist Brad Mehldau.
  4. 63
    It circles the possibility of mental and spiritual infidelity like a cat wondering if a mouse might still be alive. Watching it, I felt it would be fascinating to see a movie that was really, truthfully, fearlessly about this subject.
  5. 75
    Despite its many charms, the title of the film -- both complaint and boast -- makes clear whose point of view this is. Gainsbourg is delightful, intelligent and sexy, but this isn't her film.
  6. With every detail in this clever peekaboo, the sly filmmaker dangles the possibility that fiction is fact and that Yvan and Charlotte are real -- or at least as real as the movies.
  7. 70
    Never less than clever and often digs down into some uncomfortable realities about the strange lives of that odd species known as “movie people.”
  8. 63
    Light as the film may be, My Wife Is An Actress is not devoid of charm. It's like a summer book: quick, enjoyable and, mostly, easily forgotten.
  9. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Although the movie is not as hilarious as you'd hope from the screwball setup, Gainsbourg and Attal make a solid comedy team.
  10. 75
    Nearly stolen by the veteran Stamp's gently fatuous John.
  11. A romantic comedy for anyone in love with the movies, and anyone, for that matter, who's in love.
  12. 70
    A light, enjoyable night out. This happens largely because of Charlotte Gainsbourg, who's simply adorable. Attal shoots her with tenderness throughout, a tenderness that comes from familiarity.
  13. Gainsbourg's character seems too sweet to be true until she tangles with her onscreen director over nudity. The fire Gainsbourg brings to the scene suggests she's had similar battles.
  14. While Gainsbourg and Stamp are charming, Attal's husband is difficult to like, to say the least. Must a woman as gracious and intelligent as Charlotte really settle for domesticity with such a near-abusive boor?
  15. 80
    A terrifically deft picture about the thick line that separates movie glamour from the real world, and the thin line between common sense and paranoia.

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