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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    100
    But it is the style with which this wild farce is developed that sustains our horrified interest and keeps us laughing as the darkness gathers around Barbara and Oliver. [11 Dec 1989]
  2. 90
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Daly
    83
    DeVito doesn't hesitate to send the camera anywhere to goose the humor.
  4. 80
    Director DeVito, who never did know when to quit, manages to be as clever as he is vicious. His first movie, "Throw Momma From the Train," seems almost lyrical in comparison to the ruthlessness of this vehicle.
  5. The ending is especially inventive, managing to be sour, cynical, sentimental, and upbeat at the same time. [22 Dec 1989]
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    This smashingly filmed and performed one-shot is (uh, so to speak) the year's best romantic comedy. [8 Dec 1989]
  7. Reviewed by: David Brooks
    40
    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)]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. SunnyG
    Jan 2, 2007
    10
    Apt handling of subject. Great movie. So true...There is no winner, better get out of the divorce as quickly as possible if it becomes inevitable.
  2. SandraN
    Jul 27, 2007
    10
    The best comedy i have ever seen. Michael Douglas & Kathleen Turner were made for the parts they played in this classic comedy. I have looked The best comedy i have ever seen. Michael Douglas & Kathleen Turner were made for the parts they played in this classic comedy. I have looked everywhere to get the DVD for this movie. Expand

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