She-Devil (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes


She-Devil (1989)




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Based on the novel The Life and Loves of a She-Devil, by Fay Weldon, this film follows a woman's (Roseanne Arnold) quest for vengeance when her husband is seduced away from her by a novelist.

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Roseanne Barr
as Ruth Patchett
Meryl Streep
as Mary Fisher
Sylvia Miles
as Mrs. Fisher
Linda Hunt
as Hooper
Elisebeth Peters
as Nicolette Patchett
Elizabeth Peters
as Nicolette Patchett
Bryan Larkin
as Andy Patchett
Brian Larkin
as Andy Patchett
A Martinez
as Garcia the Butler
Maria Pitillo
as Olivia Honey
as Himself
as Fuzzy
Mary Louise Wilson
as Mrs. Trumper
Cynthia Adler
as Vesta Rose Commercial Voice
Robin Leach
as Himself
Fred Bond
as Apollo
Nitchie Barrett
as Bob's Secretary
June Gable
as Realtor
Jeanine Joyce
as Flower Lady
Deborah Rush
as 'People' Reporter
Lori Tan Chinn
as Vesta Rose Woman
Joe Pentangelo
as Detective
Rosanna Carter
as Judge Brown
George Kodisch
as Court Officer
John Richard Reynolds
as Bookstore Customer
George Trow
as Douglas
Martin Snaric
as Mary's Party Guest
George McDaniel
as The Tiger
Steven Prince
as Mary's Party Guest
Anna Marie Winds
as Mary's Party Guest
R. Patrick Sullivan
as Mary's Party Guest
Mary Marshall
as Mary's Party Guest
Larry Marshall
as Guggenheim Party Guest
Sally Sockwell
as Guggenheim Party Guest
Will Ford
as The Mack Brandon Duo Member
Mack Brandon
as The Mack Brandon Duo Member
Scott Wyatt Rawls
as Roslyn Artists String Quartet Member
Julie Signitzer
as Roslyn Artists String Quartet Member
Christopher Collins Lee
as Roslyn Artists String Quartet Member
Sandra Fine
as Roslyn Artists String Quartet Member
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Critic Reviews for She-Devil

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (2)

The casting is a real coup, with Barr going her everywoman TV persona one better by breaking the big screen heroine mold, and Streep blowing away any notion that she can't be funny.

January 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Barr demonstrates that there is a core of reality inside her TV persona, a core of identifiable human feelings like jealousy and pride, and they provide a sound foundation for her comic acting.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

An inept, offensive mess of a comedy.

May 20, 2020 | Full Review…

By neutralizing the intensity of Ruth's anger, the filmmakers blow their entire plot.

September 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Meryl Streep is divine in this misguided guilty pleasure

July 29, 2007 | Rating: 4/5

Misses the savage satire of Fay Weldon's novel.

November 11, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for She-Devil

I absolutely loved this movie! Roseanne has never been as entertaining and mischievous as she is in this. If you loved her show, you ought to see it. The rest of the cast is just perfect. This film is hilarious and heartfelt at the same time. We identify and sympathize with Ruth, she's just an ordinary woman like the rest of us, but she has guts too. I highly recommend it, it's a lot of fun.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


An enjoyable surprise, having expected this to be total trash. Meryl Streep played her role really well as the husband stealing, spoilt, Neurotic. This film would bring many a smile to anyone who could relate to the Woman Scorned scenario and the list and the cool demeanour of Ruth (Roseanne) was proof of Revenge being a dish best served cold.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

Meryl Streep owns the Knowledge to play the roles of "Divas" or wannabe. However Roseanne was really funny in this Movie. The Part where she lives her house burning back was really funny.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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