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New York Times:
The most frightening scenes are extremely compelling, and this is a thoughtful film that does prompt serious discussion.
Falk and Rowlands -- in performances of almost indescribable intensity -- detail a marriage anchored by love, but tossed by the expectations of others and the unpredictable swell of madness.
The primal violence that binds men and woman has rarely been evoked as plausibly or intensely as in this 1974 drama.
An astonishing, compulsive film, directed with a crackling energy.
Rowlands' performance in the title role is one of those tour de force numbers available only to screen players of alcoholics and lunatics.
Falk and the rest of the cast are exceptional -- even the smallest roles feel spot-on -- but Rowlands is the film.