Portman spends most of her time crying or pouting.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
A not-bad movie (written and directed by Don Roos) based on a pretty good book ("Love and Other Impossible Pursuits" by Ayelet Waldman).
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Director Don Roos, who also scripted, wobbles tonally, sometimes disastrously.
Melissa Anderson - Village Voice
I didn't like a single one of these insufferable narcissists, the kid included.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Soap opera for the bourgeoisie, The Other Woman is the kind of movie Lifetime audiences would gush over as sensitive and wise.
Kathleen Murphy - MSN Movies
The screenwriter and director, Don Roos, squashes a bookful of incidents into a pile of screenplay snippets and smothers his actors in them.
Richard Brody - New Yorker
Thanks to Portman's superb work, we feel her pain acutely.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Often mistakes hollow hysterics for gripping drama.
William Goss - Film.com
"The Other Woman" feels like it's directed at an infernally narrow upper-middle-class urbanite demographic, without being even halfway distinctive enough to attract that particular audience.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Natalie Portman may have the black swan and the white swan down, but she's still working on the gray.
Dana Stevens - Slate
It's not good enough to warrant a theatrical showing but not bad enough to deserve universal derision.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Roos does find elements of truth here and there; frustratingly, there are too few of them.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
It's a kind of unofficial sequel or sibling, three decades later, to Robert Benton's Oscar-winning Kramer vs. Kramer.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
One of the bigger challenges in Natalie Portman's career, and she responds with sublime work.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
Equating interpersonal issues with drama, "The Other Woman" is mostly flat and plodding.
Sheri Linden - Los Angeles Times
although it is a little more glossy than the novel it is based on, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits is a mature and thoughtful look at the dynamics of the 21st-century family unit.
James Luxford - The National
a picture that doesn't know itself: vague whenever it needs to be specific, bloats whenever it needs to trim.
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
Don Roos' movie demonstrates Natalie Portman's range, but it leans too heavily on her bad behavior, ignoring the growth the character experiences in a schizophrenic third act.
Annlee Ellingson - Moving Pictures Magazine
For a picture that really isn't much more than a high-toned soap opera...surprisingly effective.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Resembles a number of recent Woody Allen pictures, except without the quality of jokes that leaven even Allen's worst explorations of this turf.
Andy Klein - Christian Science Monitor
Right now, Portman commands the cineplexes as surrogate for misguided, self-pitying filmmakers.
Armond White - New York Press
The film tacks on a lot of issues and then it never quite follows any of them through.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - Ebert Presents At The Movies
As good as it is at times, The Other Woman never nears greatness; it lacks the mettle and focus to push beyond well-groomed melodrama.
Jesse Cataldo - Slant Magazine
Espouses smart and meaningful insights into the challenges of falling in love with the "wrong" man and joining a family in which one might not be the most natural fit.
Robert Levin - Film School Rejects
More affectingly honest about contemporary, complicated parenthood than a traditional chick flick love story. Kudrow pulls off the [most] difficult, crucial scene.
Nora Lee Mandel - Film-Forward.com
While Natalie Portman and Lisa Kudrow do some terrific work, it's hard to care about these awful characters.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Slow-moving but mature drama looks at aftermath of affair.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Poignant portrait of a mother dealing with her grief over the death of her infant daughter and struggling with the need to wall herself off from those closest to her.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
What happens when a film director falls for a novel crammed with Incredible Moments of Heartbreaking Emotion and turns it into a movie crammed with Incredible Moments of Heartbreaking Emotion
Mark Keizer - Boxoffice Magazine
The on-the-nose, audience tested feel of the film's current title also sums up the way the movie plays; what nuance it had went out the window with the original name.
Elvis Mitchell - Movieline
There's a lot of story (and backstory) here, which Roos tries to squeeze in every which way, via flashbacks, long speeches, and montages set to earnest indie-pop.
Noel Murray - AV Club
The pain is burningly real, while the settings feel lived-in and appropriately muddied by experience
Chris Barsanti - Filmcritic.com
Ultimately, it's Kudrow who saves the picture: Blazing and bitter, she may be allotted a third dimension only near the end of the movie, but, man, does she pack a wallop when it finally comes.
Lisa Rosman - Time Out
An emotionally complex film, built around a not particularly likable character..Portman shows a real talent for playing bratty, unhappy women.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
The Other Woman firmly plants its feet and slaps you across the face until it wrests that precious, precious salt water from your eyes.
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
A complex, intriguing family drama centering on a young woman's feelings of guilt.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Natalie Portman almost manages to rise above the overt complexities and heavy obviousness of Don Roos' take on thwarted mother love.
David Noh - Film Journal International
[VIDEO] "The Other Woman" is Natalie Portman's movie. Yes, it's a bitter pill of dramatic woe. But there's no actress better at letting you see the motivation behind her tears.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Not completely without redeeming features, but there's no compelling reason not to just wait until it's out on DVD.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
It's a sluggish, shrill picture that deals with significant issues of loss and betrayal in the clumsiest manner imaginable.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
...a shamelessly manipulative and melodramatic drama that's nevertheless often quite moving...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Just because there are a few bumps along the way, doesn't mean the ride isn't worth taking.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Portman is daring and strong, but Roos' misbegotten screenplay and muddled direction are hopeless.
Caryn James - James on screenS
In lesser, more obvious hands, it could have become a drippy, manipulative Lifetime movie. Even if there are times when it does threaten to seem like such, writer-director Don Roos and his adroit cast never let it cross over.