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  • Summary: Stepford has a secret. All of the wives are far too perfect, and all of the husbands are way too happy. The Stepford Wives is a sophisticated and comic re-imagining of the 1975 suspense classic. Welcome to Stepford -- the American way of love. (Paramount Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 40
  2. Negative: 14 out of 40
  1. 80
    Contrary to recent rumors that it was a dud, the new Stepford Wives, with its chocolate-box visual style, archly heavy-handed foreshadowing and its scene-for-scene parody of the original's fright strategies (Walken's waxy menace is once again played for laughs), is a gas.
  2. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    70
    I had a fabulous time. Well, I did once I accepted that it was a campfest--a great Provincetown drag show of The Stepford Wives.
  3. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    60
    It’s funny, wonderfully performed by all, visually inventive.
  4. At no time do the men -- that is, the straight ones -- believably hold the upper hand. In the new town of Stepford, there's no bitterness, no struggle, no competition, none of the scars of the sexual revolution. There's just gay apparel.
  5. Unfortunately this is much tamer than it had to be--Rudnick Lite, meaning on the edge of evaporation.
  6. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    30
    The story and themes behind The Stepford Wives are way past their time. They’re products of the 1960s.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 36
  2. Negative: 13 out of 36
  1. Dec 17, 2012
    8
    Very interesting. One of the weirdest movies I have ever seen and yet it is witty, surprising, and entertaining.
  2. Apr 20, 2013
    4
    The story is bullsh*t, it's sexist as hell, and bland and shallow characters take a back seat to mediocre special effects that you're more likely to see on a YouTube video that was made on Adobe Flash! This movie sucks! Expand
  3. Feb 14, 2012
    2
    This was such a bad comedy! The cast is actually quite impressive, but they do not do much with their shallow characters - and how could they?? Horrible screenplay, and just a bad film overall... Nicole Kidman is decent in the film, and the overall cast is good. Bette Midler is pretty good and pretty much the most entertaining character in this "comedy." As Kidman said at a press statement once "It's a comedy. We hope." Unfortunately, that hope did not materialise into reality, since there is almost nothing funny about The Stepford Wives. It is not even bad enough to be funny - that's how bad it is! The 2 is truly only out of my respect for the misguided actors and for rather good production design - the costumes and art direction were both very well done. Overall, though, a film that had a lot of potential has been sucked dry of all its originality, charm and, most importantly, its humour. 2/10 Expand

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