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The Artist's Wife (2020)



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Claire (Lena Olin) lives a domestic life in the Hamptons as the wife of celebrated artist Richard Smythson (Bruce Dern). Once a promising painter herself, Claire now lives in the shadow of her husband's illustrious career. While preparing work for his final show, Richard's moods become increasingly erratic, and he is diagnosed with dementia. As his memory and behavior deteriorate, she shields his condition from the art community while trying to reconnect him with his estranged daughter and grandson from a previous marriage. Challenged by the loss of her world as she knew it, Claire must now decide whether to stand with Richard on the sidelines or step into the spotlight herself.

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Lena Olin
as Claire
Bruce Dern
as Richard Smythson
Juliet Rylance
as Angela Smythson

Critic Reviews for The Artist's Wife

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (15)

Massively unremarkable...

May 10, 2021 | Full Review…

Olin's great... Just not great enough.

April 30, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Lacking the boldness of originality and substantial character development, The Artist's Wife nonetheless showcases Olin's best performance in years and a brittle brilliance from Dern.

April 30, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Olin portrays Claire's disappointment compellingly, with intelligence and gentle depth.

April 30, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Lovely acting, but that's about it.

September 29, 2020 | Full Review…

[A]n absorbing, at times moving look at a woman caught between her own artistic and emotional desires and her devotion to a man who doesn't seem to deserve her.

September 25, 2020 | Full Review…

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