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Husbands (12A)

Husbands (12A)

Comedy, Drama

A common friend's sudden death brings three men, married with children, to reconsider their lives and ultimately leave together. But mindless enthusiasm for regained freedom will be short-lived.

The critical consensus

Digitally restored, it remains a gruelling and sometimes exasperating film, notable for its raw performances – as well as its avoidance of close-ups and point-of-view shots.

***(*)(*)Tom Dawson, Total Film, 19/09/2012

Cassavetes is determined to tell the truth about misogyny, which is theoretically to his credit, but the movie is unyielding and underdeveloped, like a semi-interesting draft for something John Updike decided against writing.

Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 27/09/2012

Pauline Kael, reviewing the film at the time, wrote, "I think I gave my all by sitting through it." I know how she felt.

**(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 28/09/2012

Husbands is something to be savoured.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 27/09/2012

Husbands may not be structurally perfect, but it’s an unsentimental dissection of ego, fear and masculinity nonetheless.

****(*)Matt Thrift, Little White Lies, 27/09/2012

If Cassavetes' hipster cine-language has lost a little of its age and the innovative improv style won't be for everyone, the themes he tackles, riffed by a masterful group of actors, remain enthralling.

***(*)(*)David Parkinson, Empire Online, 28/09/2012

The result is highly uneven, painfully drawn-out, deeply sincere, wildly misogynistic and at times agonisingly tedious. It is also intermittently brilliant, with moments of piercing honesty.

Philip French, The Observer, 30/09/2012

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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