The Story of Us (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Story of Us1999

The Story of Us (1999)



Critic Consensus: A lack of chemistry between Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer fatally undermines the dull and predictable Story of Us.

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Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer star in this romantic comedy as Ben and Katie Jordan, a couple who have been married for fifteen years. They have two great kids, a nice home, and a comfortable life, but somewhere down the line, the spark went out of their marriage, and they find that they don't really love each other anymore. With their relationship at a crossroads, Ben and Katie, two different people who have never felt more different, have to decide if they want to try to salvage their marriage, or if it's time to move on. The Story of Us was directed by Rob Reiner, and features Julie Hagerty, Tim Matheson, Paul Reiser, Tom Poston, Rita Wilson, and Jayne Meadows.

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Bruce Willis
as Ben Jordan
Michelle Pfeiffer
as Katie Jordan
Matthew Moreno
as Taxi Driver
Colleen Rennison
as Erin at 10
Jake Sandvig
as Josh at 12
Betty White
as Lillian
Phil Hawn
as Restaurant Patron
Bill Kirchenbauer
as Eddie Kirby
Jordan Lund
as Minister
Lucy Webb
as Joanie Kirby
Art Evans
as George
Ken Lerner
as Dr. Rifkin
Albert Hague
as Dr. Siegler
Alan Zweibel
as Uncle Shelly
Tommy Tang
as Cooking Teacher
Gu Yaping
as Store Clerk
James J. Ritz
as Maitre d'
Casey Boersma
as Josh at Two and a Half
Dylan Boersma
as Josh at Three
Daniel Henson
as Josh at Seven
Tara Blanchard
as Erin at Five
Robert Alan Beuth
as Obstetrician
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Critic Reviews for The Story of Us

All Critics (117) | Top Critics (47)

Mostly the movie is like the marriage: good casting, golden promise, yet somehow a grating ordeal. The Story of Us means to describe pain; instead, it inflicts it.

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Folks, I really feel that seeing this one for you is the movie critic's equivalent of jumping on the grenade to save your lives. Send me medals.

April 7, 2020 | Full Review…

One of the year's most excruciating, shallow films.

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Top Critic

By the end, you feel drained and disaffected, as if you, too, had been living with the Jordans for fifteen years.

April 7, 2020 | Full Review…

The film lacks focus, sharpness.

April 7, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The movie turns into bogus drivel courtesy of the sitcom monster.

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Audience Reviews for The Story of Us

Hey...If I want relationship trouble I'll get a wife and start picking on all that she does. Pfeiffer was good though.

Martin Sahlin
Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer


Director Rob Reiner's somber study of the collapse of a 15-year marriage probably wasn't intended to be so depressing. In using a continual flashback/flashforward style of storytelling, he ends up putting too much emphasis on the bickering between heartbroken mates and not enough on their early years of love and harmony. This lack of balance mars what might have been a touching, involving movie.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

I love this film. Rob Reiner rocks. The story winds as a couple grows apart and somehow back together. Seems to show a true version of love and all that comes with it.

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Hogans Hero

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