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The War of the Roses
  • R
  • 1h 57m
  • 1989
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In this blackest of comedies, a perfect 18-year marriage suddenly becomes unglued and the gleefully evil Barbara (Kathleen Turner) and Oliver (Michael Douglas) Rose single-mindedly inflict as much misery as possible on each other. Rather than just get divorced, they declare war, fighting to the bitter end over their huge mansion and every possession in it. Not even the calculating guidance of Oliver's lawyer (Danny DeVito) can stop this uncompromisingly nasty two some as their vicious battle sends them on an increasingly dark and dangerous path.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: The War of the Roses is a black comedy made even funnier by hanging onto its caustic convictions -- and further distinguished by Danny DeVito's stylish direction.
Chicago Reader
Jonathan Rosenbaum

DeVito's taste for unorthodox camera angles and striking camera movements occasionally verges on o...

June 21, 2017
Variety Staff

Trying to wring yocks from a deranged couple locked in mortal combat over possession of their hous...

June 21, 2017
Time Out

De Vito's quirky camera angles and Kathleen Turner's steely-eyed spite inject a sadistic comic-str...

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Janet Maslin

DeVito's direction is distinctively odd (with a lot of low-angle shots looking up at things), enjo...

June 17, 2017
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers

DeVito triumphs by instilling this caustic satire with truth and consequence.

June 16, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Romance, Satire & Spoof
  • Release Date:December 8, 1989
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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