Metascore
37

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Feb 4, 2011
    63
    The Other Woman isn't a perfect film, but it makes better use of her (Portman) talents than her other current movie, "No Strings Attached."
  2. Reviewed by: Una LaMarche
    Feb 1, 2011
    63
    Has brief moments of levity and charm, but mostly it's depressing.
  3. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jan 26, 2011
    63
    It may work for those in search of a good cry but as a story of a damaged woman to touch the soul, it misses the mark.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Feb 5, 2011
    60
    The Other Woman earns a viewer's respect for the grace notes that director-screenwriter Don Roos finds beneath these familiar tunes, for the unassertive skill with which he paints upper-class life on the Upper East Side, and for the rightness of the performances.
  5. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Feb 4, 2011
    60
    The one person who does appreciate Emilia is Portman - which is what saves The Other Woman from the easy judgment toward which it so often appears to be edging.
  6. Reviewed by: Lisa Rosmon
    Feb 1, 2011
    60
    The problem, however, lies squarely with Portman herself, who (Oscar nod or no) seems unlikely to ever achieve a tone between histrionic and affectless.
  7. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Feb 3, 2011
    58
    The book may have been too unwieldy for Roos to wrangle. There's a lot of story (and backstory) here, which Roos tries to squeeze in every which way.
  8. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Feb 3, 2011
    50
    In spite of its air of seriousness and sophistication, The Other Woman feels oddly shapeless and pokey.
  9. Reviewed by: Elvis Mitchell
    Feb 2, 2011
    50
    Roos works from the edge of a precipice as well, distending the melodrama in his films until it finally tumbles in subtle, observant satire; Kudrow, who etches each pause in acid, was born to speak his dialogue.
  10. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jan 26, 2011
    50
    Opportunities for bad behavior abound in Waldman's novel - the author's prerogative. Roos, though, hasn't cracked the puzzle of how to explore that behavior on screen in such a way that the characters behave badly in interesting, rather than arbitrary, ways.
  11. Reviewed by: Mark Keizer
    Feb 5, 2011
    40
    It becomes a parade of interpersonal conflict and miserable circumstances that adds up to nothing less than angst-porn.
  12. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Feb 4, 2011
    40
    Natalie Portman may have the black swan and the white swan down, but she's still working on the gray.
  13. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Feb 3, 2011
    30
    This soapy drama manages to be both half-baked and overcooked.
  14. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Feb 1, 2011
    30
    Though lazily mocking hyper-vigilant parenting, the film treats the moldiest clichés - as gospel.
  15. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Feb 3, 2011
    10
    Inside of five minutes I felt an urgent, blinding hatred for almost all its grotesquely overprivileged characters.
  16. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Feb 3, 2011
    0
    Lest my own reaction be misconstrued, let me explain that I didn't like a single one of these insufferable narcissists, the kid included.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Jan 16, 2012
    3
    Natalie Portman and Lisa Kudrow give fantastic performances, but sadly they are featured in a terrible dramatically uneven awkward film that won't get them noticed anytime soon. I give this film 28%. Full Review »
  2. Oct 22, 2011
    2
    Ridiculously over-dramatic, almost to the point of being the 21st century's "Mommy Dearest". Stepmom would be a very slight step better than this one. Full Review »
  3. Oct 2, 2011
    6
    I know one very similar to this movie and much better too, called "Stepmom" with Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon and Ed Harris. The truth is that this drama (call it the novel would be too absurd) can have the most unsympathetic characters possible. Natalie Portman strives to give credibility to Emily, but the abuse of recurring return to the premature death of the daughter is the actress crippling any attempt to make her character more three-dimensional! Nevertheless, it is the best on the scene because her husband apparently indifferent and soothing, the conflicted ex-wife and the son verbally aggressive and nasty drawback is sufficient reason to abandon that Emily left the life in the midst of that family. It's a tearjerker poorly done and most obvious example of this is the final 30 minutes to extend into dialogue with another party of Emily solving not only the loose ends of the film as a whole, but of her life, as if only a simple conversation could unlock and enter the core of the personality and feelings. Full Review »