When a Man Loves a Woman

1994

Drama / Romance

50
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 71%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 77%
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 19,919

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Mae Whitman as Tinker Bell
Meg Ryan as Alice Green
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Officer Raymer
Tina Majorino as Jess Green
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126 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by chron 10 / 10 / 10

A Great Movie that is Hard to Watch

I first saw this movie in the theater when it came out. I remember feeling frustrated. I watched it again last night on satellite and decided this really is a great movie, but it is hard to watch. It is a very real love story, but don't confuse that as meaning it is a typical romantic story. Meg Ryan and Andy Garcia play a couple definitely in love, but struggling with their relationship after Meg Ryan's character comes back from detox. Instead of being cured, she is confused and they realize there is a wedge that comes from an experience they can't share. She has AA friends that her husband can't relate to, but she needs someone who can understand and her husband isn't it. One mark of great writing is when the characters are not saintly or demonic, but shades of grey. Andy Garcia's character is a really nice guy, but he's not saintly. He resorts to sarcasm out of his frustration in not being able to help his wife. Of course, she doesn't want his help, she wants his understanding. She is basically a good person, but she can't sort through her feelings and ends up being unknowingly cruel to her husband. After one scene, my wife stated, "Now HE frustrated me". I said, "I was frustrated too, but BY HER". This movie really pegs male and female relationships. Superbly written, superbly acted. It hurts to watch it, but a movie that can evoke real emotion and not pander to the audience with contrived plot lines is a great movie. THIS is a great movie.

Reviewed by whistlestop 10 / 10 / 10

Incredible insight

This movie has me in tears throughout; it portrays the mixed feelings, emotions and total confusion of an alcoholic wife and mother so perfectly - and I should recognize them, as an alcoholic of 10 years myself. Especially moving is the wonderful performance of the elder child "Jessie" - an amazing achievement in one so young. It certainly strengthened my resolve never to go down that path again. I recommend it to all families of alcoholics for an insight into our way of thinking - our shame, our inability to control our own addiction, and the possibilty of real recovery. Thank you, all involved.

Reviewed by bjudd 10 / 10 / 10

A Highly Underrated Film

When first renting this film, I expected to see a typical love story. I found, instead, a film that truly attempted to accurately display what happens in relationships where one member has a drinking problem. It is powerful and shows the true pain and confusing that often looms over these situations. Rather than sending Alex to detox and having her come home happy, she came home very confused about life and what she was doing. This is one of the many ways this film reflects true life. My only qualm is the ending. Rather than keeping true to the story, the filmmakers seemed to give up and ended it on a happy, superficial note. Despite this letdown, I love this film and everything it tries to communicate. Meg Ryan's performance is one of the underrated of the decade. She should have received on Oscar nomination for it and was certainly better than Jessica Lange that year. I have read a few comments here saying she did a terrible job. I would ask these people to define what a good performance is to them. Not only did Ryan communicate every possible feeling that a woman in Alex's situation could have, she did it with style and ease. Not only that, but made a dramatic move with this film from her already great performances in romantic comedy. Ryan should be applauded for taking such a huge risk and having it pay off. Andy Garcia also has a tremendous performance in this film. He too displays very complex emotions of a faulted man with skill. The one aspect of this film that I love so much is how no character is faultless in the whole situation. All members have contributed to the problem, and all must face up to what they did and try to improve what they have. I don't know if this makes much sense (I feel my thoughts are jumbled). In one simple statement: SEE THIS MOVIE. THE TITLE DOES NOT ACCURATELY DISPLAY THE MOVIE IT TRULY IS. The title makes it sound like another sappy love story. What the viewer gets is a tremendous study of the damage alcoholism can bring to a family.

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