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The War of the Roses Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    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)]

  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

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

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times 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 unremitting we find we cannot laugh.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune 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 -- too realistic here, too broad there -- resulting in a film that is at least as often funny-peculiar as it is funny-haha. [8 Dec 1989]

  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

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

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