The Stepford Wives

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Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 102 Ratings

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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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Score distribution:
  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: Brian Lowry
    60
    Another "remake" that merits the title in name only, The Stepford Wives isn't the "troubled" disaster that media reports have suggested it might be, yet nor do its oddly matched parts ever congeal into a fully formed creation.
  4. 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.
  5. Unfortunately this is much tamer than it had to be--Rudnick Lite, meaning on the edge of evaporation.
  6. The result: an empty comedy that takes hackneyed potshots at consumerism.
  7. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    10
    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: 15 out of 37
  2. Negative: 13 out of 37
  1. joes.
    Oct 25, 2005
    10
    My favorite movie.
  2. Dec 17, 2012
    8
    Very interesting. One of the weirdest movies I have ever seen and yet it is witty, surprising, and entertaining.
  3. 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 moreThe 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
  4. Sep 1, 2014
    4
    Frank Oz's The Stepford Wives starts out incredibly strong. As the story unfolds, both the direction, the actors and the audiences lose sightFrank Oz's The Stepford Wives starts out incredibly strong. As the story unfolds, both the direction, the actors and the audiences lose sight of what's going on. An unfortunate waste of ample on-screen talent. Expand
  5. 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 couldThis 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
  6. NickA.
    Sep 16, 2006
    1
    Well what an insult to the original, I don't care if people say this is a different take or that this is just a bit of cheesy fun, if Well what an insult to the original, I don't care if people say this is a different take or that this is just a bit of cheesy fun, if you're going to call yourselves a remake of a film then for god sakes stick to the elements that made the original so splendid. I mean how can you take such a good cast and turn out this pile of crap. This goes down in my lists of remakes that should never see the light of day ever again. Expand

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