The Other Man (2008) - Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Hohum Score

94

Hohummer

The story of a husband who suspects his wife of adultery, and sets out to track down the other man in her life.

IMDB: 5.4
Director: Richard Eyre
Stars: Liam Neeson, Antonio Banderas
Length: 88 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 26 out of 76 found boring (34.21%)

One-line Reviews (66)

A lot of confusion...

Ultimately, the story becomes confusing as it unfolds because of missing scenes or omitted details from the original direction.

what a waste of time !!.

She came off as heartless, self-indulgent and duplicitous.

I read the write-up about this on the TV guide and it sounded intriguing, so I thought I'd give it a go.

Under the hand of co-screenwriters Eyre and Charles Wood, the arbitrary twists from the screenplay of The Other Man require an illogical structure and a confusing "secret" which is not very secret, and which seems the capricious trick from a screenwriter from the 30's.

There's a couple of decent plot turns and the Italian locales are gorgeously photographed, but the script is trite, the score out of sync and ultimately it wastes a damn fine cast.

So boring .

"The Other Man" is so incredibly boring, I can't even believe I sat through the whole thing.

I was torn between being slightly bored and fairly intrigued.

The whole drama pretending to be a thriller goes well, it makes the story interesting until the ending which is quite disappointing and a little bit unexpected.

Liam Neeson is great as usually; Antonio Banderas - an outstanding portrayal of the type of a man that Ralph is, just breathtaking to watch him during the last scenes at a dinner party in memory of Lisa, so vulnerable because he is at the mercy of Peter and so resolved about it, with all his janitor plus 'jigolo' lifestyle in his eyes at the same time; Romola Garai - another breathtaking performance and again, the dinner scene when she stops Peter from spoiling everything is just perfect.

If you watch this film, think about simply reordering several scenes to build tension and mystery and remove confusion.

Namely by splicing scenes together in a way that creates the impression of a plot where no plot actually exists.

Definitely a film worth watching.

the ending was contrived, the acting by Banderas over the top, and Linney was absent for most of the film.

Engaging drama .

Unfortunately, The Other Man ended up being an unbearable movie, with a diffuse and very poor screenplay.

An unbearable film, despite the competent performances .

So with the silly ambiguity that was made, or made up, since the start; the movie did have a free share of confusion, and bore, that the story didn't deserve.

Fascinating analysis of emotion between Peter and Ralph in the dialogue exchanges.

Engrossing film of obsession...

The plot was so confusing that I had to rewind at times to make sure I hadn't missed anything.

The creators of the film held back key pieces of the story and make it confusing for the viewer to solve the puzzle they created.

Apparently, to my intense surprise, you get a lifeless and poorly-crafted thriller...

The writing is weak, carefully sidestepping cliché (although Banderas does ramble on like the 'Latin Lover') although not offering anything extra in return.

A bit too slow for me, not recommended.

The story is mostly told in flashback which can be a little confusing at times.

If some viewers find the film confusing or too subtle in the unraveling of a fascinating tale, the problem is that the cast and director and writers demand more of the viewer's attention than in the usual movie fare.

Starting from the ground floor, the screenplay is spineless and unappealing, attempting to tell a potentially intriguing story in a lazy and clumsily-executed way.

Despite the limited amount material, "The Other Man" manages to be captivating and engaging.

Quite a slow pace, though, allows the audience time to absorb the narrative.

The biggest question will be "why did I waste my time on this p.

I didn't care for the production itself, it wasn't particularly well produced, the music didn't sit well with the film, and at times I was a bit bored with it.

Waste of my time.

"The Other Man" is an engaging drama about the enmeshed relationship of three people.

Good but with some unexpected things .

But nevertheless, Neeson is, as ever, compelling.

He finally sees himself as his dead wife had seen him, more than the boring software engineer.

I was absolutely fascinated by Liam Neeson's growing obsession of getting revenge on Banderas for having an affair with his widowed wife, it was intense and quite thrilling.

The whole story seemed somewhat contrived and pointless, as in awkward and going nowhere.

There are times when it's deliberately slow, designed I guess to confuse you as to who's side you're on, where your sympathies lie etc.It's very well acted, Neeson great as always, Banderas was superb, I would say the highlight of the film.

The Other Man is a very different, complex, yet intriguing film.

(Fascinating that both Laura and Niam also and more currently work in 'The Big C', )

More complexity, more realism and more thrilling moments instead of some bits here and there would make this film better.

The story is supported by the excellent Liam Neeson, Laura Linney and Antonio Banderas but unfortunately the suspenseful screenplay has a disappointing conclusion.

The twist in direction happens at this point, creating confusion about the original direction when a new fact is revealed.

Okay movie but that part was a little confusing!!

The movie itself is a pretentious and fake piece of crap.

A thrilling masterpiece .

She seemed like a walking cliché of the annoying, spoiled brat, and her doofus husband contributed nothing beyond the coffee he fetched at the end of the movie.

The Other Man is a beautiful but confusing story about infidelity.

This movie is certainly worth watching from Netflix instant-play if you are bored.

Many will say it was predictable and that's a cop-out as yes, there is nothing new under the sun.

Despite their work, I found The Other Man to be an uninteresting and hugely tedious movie in which I genuinely feel I wasted my time.

Unfortunately, all Richard Eyre's was able to do, was a boring and poorly executed movie.

It is so poorly made and is so boring that it gave me a gag reflex.

Misleading trailer, meaningless movie .

What I really really really can't understand is, how such a good cast decided to be in this slow dragging, boring , lousy end , kind of movie !

Lisa married young and was probably bored.

Based upon an exciting plot-line, a husband discovers his wife's long term affair with another man.

He was a man on a mission, and his intense performance had me on the edge of my seat, it's one of my favorite performances of his.

Very smart and intriguing to me.

"The Other Man" is an engaging romance about adultery and triangle of love among the husband, the wife and her lover.

And the chess scenes were suspenseful.

A simple but atmospheric and compelling story.