'The Other Woman' Critic Reviews

85%
MovieWeb:   3 reviews
39%
Rotten Tomatoes:   44 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    Portman spends most of her time crying or pouting.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    A not-bad movie (written and directed by Don Roos) based on a pretty good book ("Love and Other Impossible Pursuits" by Ayelet Waldman).
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Melissa Anderson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Director Don Roos, who also scripted, wobbles tonally, sometimes disastrously.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    I didn't like a single one of these insufferable narcissists, the kid included.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kathleen Murphy MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    40
    Soap opera for the bourgeoisie, The Other Woman is the kind of movie Lifetime audiences would gush over as sensitive and wise.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Richard Brody New Yorker (Top Critic)
    The screenwriter and director, Don Roos, squashes a bookful of incidents into a pile of screenplay snippets and smothers his actors in them.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    Thanks to Portman's superb work, we feel her pain acutely.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • William Goss Film.com (Top Critic)
    Often mistakes hollow hysterics for gripping drama.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    "The Other Woman" feels like it's directed at an infernally narrow upper-middle-class urbanite demographic, without being even halfway distinctive enough to attract that particular audience.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Dana Stevens Slate (Top Critic)
    Natalie Portman may have the black swan and the white swan down, but she's still working on the gray.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    63
    It's not good enough to warrant a theatrical showing but not bad enough to deserve universal derision.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    Roos does find elements of truth here and there; frustratingly, there are too few of them.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Richard Corliss TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    It's a kind of unofficial sequel or sibling, three decades later, to Robert Benton's Oscar-winning Kramer vs. Kramer.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Richard Roeper Richard Roeper.com (Top Critic)
    60
    One of the bigger challenges in Natalie Portman's career, and she responds with sublime work.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sheri Linden Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    30
    Equating interpersonal issues with drama, "The Other Woman" is mostly flat and plodding.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Luxford The National
    60
    although it is a little more glossy than the novel it is based on, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits is a mature and thoughtful look at the dynamics of the 21st-century family unit.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nathaniel Rogers Film Experience
    17
    a picture that doesn't know itself: vague whenever it needs to be specific, bloats whenever it needs to trim.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Annlee Ellingson Moving Pictures Magazine
    Don Roos' movie demonstrates Natalie Portman's range, but it leans too heavily on her bad behavior, ignoring the growth the character experiences in a schizophrenic third act.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Frank Swietek One Guy's Opinion
    59
    For a picture that really isn't much more than a high-toned soap opera...surprisingly effective.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andy Klein Christian Science Monitor
    34
    Resembles a number of recent Woody Allen pictures, except without the quality of jokes that leaven even Allen's worst explorations of this turf.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Armond White New York Press
    Right now, Portman commands the cineplexes as surrogate for misguided, self-pitying filmmakers.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jesse Cataldo Slant Magazine
    63
    As good as it is at times, The Other Woman never nears greatness; it lacks the mettle and focus to push beyond well-groomed melodrama.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Ebert Presents At The Movies
    The film tacks on a lot of issues and then it never quite follows any of them through.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Robert Levin Film School Rejects
    75
    Espouses smart and meaningful insights into the challenges of falling in love with the "wrong" man and joining a family in which one might not be the most natural fit.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • S. Jhoanna Robledo Common Sense Media
    40
    Slow-moving but mature drama looks at aftermath of affair.
    Full Review » 3 years ago