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A middle-aged couple living a comfortable existence in the suburbs of New York City find their happy marriage falls prey to an outsider, who pulls her into an affair that will become her obsession. When her husband learns that his wife has lied to him, suspicion propels him to uncover the devastating details of her infidelity. Tormented by the knowledge, he confronts her lover.
Thriller - It's a basic drama about an unfaithful wife. It contains very little
excitement, suspense, action or plot twists to keep your interest.
It's a very sexual movie and the ending will likely be a big
disappointment to many. Overall, it's a sad movie as you see this
family torn apart by this adultry.
PROFANITY: 11 F-words, 9 S-words, 2 GD's Almost no others. SEX/NUDITY: Very graphic sex scenes and female nudity. VIOLENCE: Only one bloody scene. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some drinking in bars and at home. ACTION: None COMEDY: Only about ten mildly funny moments.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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Review Excellent ''Unfaithful, like a more languid ''Fatal Attraction,''
becomes a thriller myth of the perils of adultery, which few filmmakers can
heighten like Lyne.''
Review Good "Connie Sumner's heart and other organs have their reasons for
straying outside a happy marriage in "Unfaithful,'' but the movie doesn't
say what they are. This is not necessarily a bad thing, sparing us tortured
Freudian explanations and labored plot points. It is almost always more
interesting to observe behavior than to listen to reasons.''
Review Very Good "With its frequent silent pauses and an effectively
ambiguous wrap-up rare in today's Hollywood, the movie feels vaguely European.
Like its predecessor, Unfaithful is really two movies: One about the
affair, and the other about what happens when the husband finds out.''
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Above Average "This fundamentally cold (and, yes, very French)
conceit is muffled in fuzzy layers of (very American) soul-baring, and yet the
film's most devastating image is of Paul's body, wrapped in a carpet and
half-buried in a trash-filled dump. He's reduced to the unsightly mess that had
to be swept off the manicured surface of the Sumners' life, a cruelty more
piercing than the couple's tear-stained marital agonies.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Just as I predicted below, most of the opinions are in the "Good" to "Very Good" range, which is a little on the low side. It's a movie most enjoyed, at least somewhat, but probably not a movie they will rush out and recommend to their friends. If fact, many of those that gave it a decent review indicated that they would not recommend it to friends or would only recommend it to select friends. I imagine this is primarily due to the graphic sexual content.
When you see this many opinions in the "Good" to "Very Good" range with so few "Excellent" and "Fantastic" opinions, it's a movie I can recommend but just barely. You would probably feel more like you got your money's worth if you saved a few dollars on a matinee or saw it at a second run theater for a buck or so.
Now about the ending. I was right, nearly everyone who wrote a comment about the movie said they didn't like the ending. This included those that gave it a high review. So, although they didn't like the ending, it apparently didn't have that much of an impact on their enjoyment of the movie.
Cinema Review Opinion: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
Sorry, we were not given an advance screening of this movie.
Edward and Connie Sumner are a wonderfully-maintained middle-aged couple
living the American dream. Together with their eight-year-old son, a dog and a
housekeeper, they share an enviable life in the suburbs of New York City. But no
life goes unchallenged: This happy marriage, dampened by the routines of
affluence, falls prey to an outsider when Connie has a fateful collision with a
stranger on a Soho street. It's an encounter which assaults her with mystery,
spontaneity, charm and risk. It will pull Connie into an affair which will become her obsession.
When Edward innocently learns that his wife has lied to him, suspicion
propels him to uncover the devastating details of her infidelity. Tormented by
the knowledge, he confronts her lover, only to discover a level of rage within
himself that he could never have imagined.
Can a marriage so infected by deceit, guilt and anger find a way to recover?