How to Murder Your Wife (1965) - Rotten Tomatoes

How to Murder Your Wife (1965)




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In this film, Jack Lemmon stars as a successful cartoonist who shares a lavish apartment with his misogynistic manservant. While attending a friend's bachelor party, Lemmon falls head over heels in love with a gorgeous bikini-clad girl. He impulsively marries her, but thinks better of it the next day.

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Jack Lemmon
as Stanley Ford
Virna Lisi
as Mrs. Ford
as Charles
Eddie Mayehoff
as Harold Lampson
Sidney Blackmer
as Judge Blackstone
Max Showalter
as Tobey Rawlins
Jack Albertson
as Dr. Bentley
Alan Hewitt
as District Attorney
Mary Wickes
as Harold's Secretary
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Critic Reviews for How to Murder Your Wife

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

A nimble comedy that doesn't make much sense because it makes nonsense, most of it screechingly funny and played by knockabouts who know that the slapstick was invented for keeping an idea aloft, not for beating it into the ground.

May 9, 2011 | Full Review…
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Finesse and desire aren't enough to overcome the fact that Axelrod's script doesn't make the most of its potentially antic situations.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Believable or not, this stuff is funny just so long as one can go with the sour joke- -and that depends upon one's tolerance of trivia and also, perhaps, upon whether one is a fellow or a girl.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

In the screwball tradition, but the old shack has been redecorated with solid-mahogany furniture, plush drapes and wall-to-wall carpeting.

August 13, 2019 | Full Review…

This dated comedy is saved by Lemmon's comedic genius which eschews macho.

May 9, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Lemmon está ótimo como sempre, e Lisi é belíssima, mas o fraco roteiro e a ridícula conclusão comprometem o filme irremediavelmente.

February 9, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for How to Murder Your Wife

Silly comedy that starts charmingly and falls apart completely at the end. You'll know just when the movie goes south and it never recovers. Virna is breathtakingly beautiful throughout.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


A mostly forgotten gem from 1965 this comedy operates under the seductive fantasy that no man ever really wants to be married. After one drunken night's revelry Lemmon awakes to discover he's slipped up ... and did it, got married (to Verna Lisi! Zowie!). Now what? Is there any way out of it??? More cute than laff-out-loud funny it does carry more than a few good bits. It's fun cute.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


The story is predictable and silly, but there are a handful of really hilarious scenes, which save the movie from being too bad.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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