When a Man Loves a Woman (1994) - Rotten Tomatoes

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When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)



Critic Consensus: When a Man Loves a Woman delves into the complex dynamics of a marriage shadowed by addiction, aided by strong performances from Andy Garcia and Meg Ryan.

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A dramatic treatment of a family torn apart by alcoholism and recovering from it, this was a star vehicle for popular actress Meg Ryan, who plays Alice Green, a school counselor who has a serious drinking problem. Her husband is Michael (Andy Garcia), an airline pilot. Though she's lighthearted and loving, Alice is often reckless and, when drunk, even neglects her children, nine-year-old daughter Jess (Tina Majorino) from a previous marriage, and four-year-old daughter Casey (Mae Whitman), whose father is Michael. After an accident, Alice realizes that she has "hit bottom" and goes into a clinic for rehab. When she returns home, she has kicked her addiction and has become independent and strong, and her perfectionist, controlling husband has trouble adjusting. Michael is used to his wife being weak and helpless, and they end up seeing a marriage counselor to recover from Michael's "co-dependency" on Alice's role as an alcoholic.

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Meg Ryan
as Alice Green
Andy Garcia
as Michael Green
Tina Majorino
as Jess Green
Mae Whitman
as Casey Green
LaTanya Richardson
as Dr. Gina Mendez
Steven Brill
as Madras Tie Guy
Jacques De Groot
as Guy in the Back
Anne Ohliger
as Jess (age 4)
Tony Montero
as Bartender
Cynthia Mace
as Detox Nurse
William Frankfather
as Al-Anon Leader
Ellen Geer
as Woman at Al-Anon
Liz Lang
as AA Woman
Syd Field
as 1st Patient
Peer Ebbighausen
as 2nd Patient
Joe Drago
as AA Man
Amy Treese
as AA Woman
Brandis Kemp
as AA Woman
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Critic Reviews for When a Man Loves a Woman

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6)

It's a rare film that begins its story in the middle of a relationship, and whose happy ending does not depend on one character's white-hot epiphany and subsequent breathless confession.

January 13, 2021 | Full Review…

Here is a wise and ambitious film about the way alcoholism affects the fabric of a marriage.

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

Does her husband notice her addiction? How could he not? Does he care? Who knows!

December 9, 2020 | Full Review…

Exceptional tale of a family in crisis; cursing, alcoholism.

September 13, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Meg Ryan gives a solid peformance in this flawed melodrama about alcoholics

June 18, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

There won't be a dry eye in the house. Just sublime.

November 18, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for When a Man Loves a Woman

Meg Ryan really freaked me out in a hot-mess kind of way.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

not good acting plot was lacking. too slow and to serious.

erika bruhns
erika bruhns

Super Reviewer


MegRyan continues to be one of my favourite actresses and this movie is proof why. Andy Garcia also excelled as a loyal husband helping his wife get through her troubles.

Sajin P A
Sajin P A

Super Reviewer

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