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Overall Rating
3.88

Awesome60.61%
Worth A Look: 12.12%
Average: 3.03%
Pretty Bad: 3.03%
Total Crap: 21.21%

1 review, 27 user ratings


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Woman Under the Influence, A
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by Greg Muskewitz

"An experience of hellish proportions."
1 stars

"A Woman Under the Influence" is what you would call awful. Terrible. So reprimanding that you're trapped in your seat in disbelief that it could get any worse, but yet it does. Let me save you your time and your money. Despite whether you are a Cassavetes fan, a Rowlands fan or a Falk fan, save yourself the aggravation.

John Cassavetes' story starts without much introduction and ends without development. He has his wife Gena Rowlands in a very ungratifyng role as the housewife of Peter Falk, parents of three. He's a public works employee, fixing whatever goes wrong. (If his homelife is any indication of how he does his job, he doesn't do it very well.) Rowlands, meanwhile, is going nuts.

In actuality, everyone is going nuts. While watching it, you too, will go nuts. These thinly lined characters are terribly written. They aren't even two-dimensional. The "conflicts" or "occurrences" during the running time are stated, and then over-amplified as if it were some exaggerated amateur student movie. Nothing is believable, it's all superficially blown to the extreme edges. I really don't know see how Rowlands is deemed a nutcase beyond that all the characters say she is and that she makes some obnoxious, silly air noises with her mouth. Maybe that was the point --that she really wasn't going nuts-- but what an inept and stupid way to prove it.

Rowlands is simply ridiculous. She looks awful. It's an unbearable, yucky performance of major reputation. I wasn't involved with it, yet still I wanted to bury my head in embarrassment. Falk's performance is mostly indifferent, although it becomes absurd any time he works up his temper.

"A Woman Under the Influence" feels as though it was all thrown together just to put something out there. This isn't a movie, it's a torturous hell. Cinematic experiences rarely get worse than this. The knee-jerk, or neckless cinematography (in other words, it's all over the place) is horrendous, unprofessional and junkie. A mess. And the two-a-half-hour running time is no less ludicrous and a feat on its own.

Final Verdict: F.

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User Comments

3/16/13 Waloo Final verdict to Muskewitz's review: Z! Who is he anyway? An ignorant about cinema for sure 5 stars
5/21/12 Ana This review shouldn't exist. I'm sad and embarassed that it does. 5 stars
1/09/12 Darby Collins Outstanding film, great performances...the reviewer isn't educated in film 5 stars
2/05/11 David An ignorant review. I wasn't involved with it, yet I want to bury my head in embarassment. 5 stars
1/02/11 S Fung Wonderful film. The reviewer doesn't understand Cassavetes. 5 stars
7/25/10 Sam Pepys Can't take my eyes off Gena. Simply the best. 5 stars
3/04/10 PAUL SHORTT OVERLONG BUT WELL ACTED 2 stars
3/04/09 fidalis A shocking stylistic effort that defies cinematic expectations and rises above the rest. 5 stars
12/20/08 Grainne This is a very, VERY ignorant review. Stick to Hollywood. 5 stars
12/08/08 mr.mike Long and at times hard to watch. Somewhat "happy" ending seems tacked-on. 3 stars
11/14/08 Bill O'Reilly Jr. offensively stupid review, devoid of a carefully thought sentence..hope no one paid you! 5 stars
7/15/07 Charley Freaky Friday-4 stars. So much for credibility, Greg. 5 stars
7/24/06 Boz If you are sick and tired of Hollywood phony clichés and artificially constructed overblown 5 stars
6/29/05 Brian I hated it the first time too Greg. 5 stars
3/06/05 Josh Cassavete's greatest film, with wonderful performances. A 1970s must-see. 5 stars
8/22/04 Ben Parman Obviously Greg Muskewitz likes his cinema predictable and unchallenging . 5 stars
2/24/04 Luciano This is a blockbuster of a movie instead! Why don't you like it? 5 stars
1/06/03 M.Frank superb! Atmospheric! Funny! DArk! 5 stars
10/07/02 Mark Singer Great acting. I never want to see it again, tho. 4 stars
9/22/02 rob M Muskewitz obviously did not watch the same film that I did. This film provided a level of r 5 stars
2/11/02 Fred Jenkins Greg Muskewitz proves himself a total moron. He's clearly undeserving of a work like this. 4 stars
12/13/01 Jonas Phony and monotonous. Not really a movie, more of a pamphlet about dysfunctional families. 1 stars
9/08/01 Groove U can feel the emotions and the strain and the desperation breathing down your neck.See it! 5 stars
8/15/01 Mark I think the reviewer didn't like the nerve it hit. 5 stars
8/09/01 Karl Lobring Cassavetes finest, Gena Rowlands gives a stunning performance in this intense drama. 5 stars
3/26/01 Katie "Video Movie Guide" film book rates every movie ever made, & gave it a 4 /5-so I agree. 4 stars
1/02/01 Mark Not for most tastes but, if you can stand it, Rowlands's perfomance is terrific. 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  02-Jun-1974 (R)

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  02-Sep-1974




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