(2002)

Critic Reviews

63

Metascore

Based on 34 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
It's that rare kind of movie that comes along only a handful of times each year -- gut-level entertainment that's oddly profound.
91
Entertainment Weekly
Sensational sex-and-its-consequences melodrama.
90
Rolling Stone
Lane is a force of nature. Her slow-burning, fiercely erotic performance charges the movie.
90
Wall Street Journal
Meticulously crafted and beautifully performed.
88
Unfaithful doesn't push the melodrama the way "Attraction" did, but it lingers in the mind as much.
88
New York Daily News
The movie doesn't stoop to cheap psychoanalysis and must be commended for a bravely ambiguous ending. But most of the credit goes to Lane, who is simply extraordinary as a woman whose body is at war with her conscience.
88
All the accolades Lyne got for "Fatal Attraction" -- and didn't really merit -- he deserves here.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
That's what's intriguing about the film: Instead of pumping up the plot with recycled manufactured thrills, it's content to contemplate two reasonably sane adults who get themselves into an almost insoluble dilemma.
75
Baltimore Sun
American movies are generally so skittish about sexuality that Adrian Lyne's appetite --and aptitude -- for exploring it in Unfaithful is a relief.
63
Philadelphia Inquirer
Despite some fine, nuanced acting (it's Lane's movie, to be sure), Unfaithful doesn't get much deeper than a romance novel.
63
ReelViews
The good points about Unfaithful can't overcome the movie's eventual downward spiral.

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