(2007)

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Metascore

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75
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 them. You may not like it if you insist on counting the deck after the game and coming up with 52. But if you get 51 and are amused by how the missing card was made to vanish, this may be a movie to your liking.
75
Married Life congratulates its audience on a sophisticated, humorous complicity in the obvious immorality of Harry's murder plans, as well as in Richard's own ungentlemanly designs on his pal's gorgeous girl. Every adult, the movie suggests, has got a secret.
75
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 era of glamour, of Hitchcock and of husbands even more clueless than they are today.
75
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 under a double-breasted suit.
75
Chicago Tribune
It seems carefully calibrated to shock viewers out of a familiar frame of reference, while leaving nothing behind to take its place.
75
Chris Cooper, the consummate professional, has no trouble making viewers feel sympathy for a potential killer.
75
Premiere
A collection of Hitchcock character-types trample over each other to win at love in Married Life, a quirky but entertaining period murder farce.
75
Charlotte Observer
This isn't a film noir, but it hovers in the shadows of that genre of discontent and disillusionment.
63
None of these elements quite come together, and while the clothes and props look authentic, the acting doesn't.
63
Miami Herald
Befitting a story about marriage, adultery and murder, all the characters in Married Life are constantly lying to each other. Sometimes they even lie to the audience.
63
Arch, wry and dry, with its exquisite wallpaper and impeccably blocked fedoras, Married Life is bracingly malicious noir for a while, a sort of gray-flannel-suit take on the Coen brothers' "Blood Simple." Every character seems morally capable of anything.

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