Married Life Synopsis
A married man (Chris Cooper) and his best friend both fall in love with the same woman.
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Chicago Tribune

It seems carefully calibrated to shock viewers out of a familiar frame of reference, while leaving nothing behind to take its place.
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New York Daily News

It's a sly little fable with at least six very obvious homages to Alfred Hitchcock thrillers, and a dark little heart that happily hides...
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Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
This isn't a film noir, but it hovers in the shadows of that genre of discontent and disillusionment.
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A collection of Hitchcock character-types trample over each other to win at love in Married Life, a quirky but entertaining period murder...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Is the movie about marriage, or sex, or murder, or the murder plot, or what? I'm not sure. It deals all those cards, and fate shuffles...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Married Life congratulates its audience on a sophisticated, humorous complicity in the obvious immorality of Harry's murder plans, as well...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's a drama with elements of black comedy and suspense, European in feeling but American in attitude. Just for fun, it's set in 1949, an...
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By James Berardinelli
Chris Cooper, the consummate professional, has no trouble making viewers feel sympathy for a potential killer.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
None of these elements quite come together, and while the clothes and props look authentic, the acting doesn't.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Albeit slumming with style and a fairly sharp scalpel. Married Life delights in peeling back the bright postwar social veneer to expose the...
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Great cast, enjoyable, but a little slow

By pomspringz
Many sounds in the audience of yawning while I was watching this film, but it really is an excellent period piece, which takes place during the 1950s. The cast is quite incredible - Pierce Brosnan,...

Married Life

By Lizerne Guiting
After seeing this movie, I realize how versatile Chris Cooper can be. He's got this menacing sneer that provokes instant fear, and he doesn't even have to say a word. But "Married Life" shows all...

Good movie

By alexmccray
very Hitchcokian like film. For those that like that mental suspense with good acting its a go....

Married Life not what it is cracked up to be....

By Terrywheaton
Excellent cast with good acting, but the plot is slow and the movies just doesn't seem to work....

Married LIfe

By ladyedi39
Felt like a movie made in the 40's. Enjoyed very much, kept your interest all the way through. No violence,no bad language....We enjoy many movies made today but this was a respite from the genre...

Rich in characters, imagery; slow-moving & deficient in dialogue

By chgostan
The visuals of this period movie were spot-on as were the characters who were played superbly by a tremendous & well-cast ensemble. However, the dialogue seems to have been written by someone too...


By dgeraghty
While we were watching, this was pretty enjoyable. Started to get restless, asking myself where is this going? As it turns out, it doesn't go anywhere. A few red herrings are thrown out but nothing...

once in awhile a good movie comes along

By dougcrocker3
This one is great and you must see it if you like well-crafted movies....

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Rated PG-13 | For some thematic elements and a scene of sexuality