The War of the Roses Synopsis
Rich couple (Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner) divorce, but both get the house.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

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DeVito doesn't hesitate to send the camera anywhere to goose the humor.
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80

Empire

Quite shocking, almost avant-garde in the way it constantly confounds expectations built up over years of formula pictures.
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80

TV Guide

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DeVito films this tale with a fiendish gusto, yet with psychological realism and meticulous attention to an inexorable logic in the...
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The ending is especially inventive, managing to be sour, cynical, sentimental, and upbeat at the same time. [22 Dec 1989]
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Although the movie goes too far, you can hardly get enough of its delicious atmosphere - and of Turner, in particular, who has never looked...
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
It can't be easy to keep a comedy on track when the underlying emotions are so vicious, and indeed DeVito's staging slips more than once --...
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
This smashingly filmed and performed one-shot is (uh, so to speak) the year's best romantic comedy. [8 Dec 1989]
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie treads a dangerous line. There are times when its ferocity threatens to break through the boundaries of comedy - to become so...
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40

Wall Street Journal

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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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