Movie Review

Movie Review: 'When a Man Loves a Woman' (1994)

MPAA Rating: R

Details Rated: R; Length: 126 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Romance; With: Andy Garcia and Meg Ryan; Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures

As if we needed more proof that they just don't make 'em like they used to, here's an updated The Lost Weekend to set you pining for the original. This time the alcoholic is Alice (Ryan), and she's set atop the most extreme, Hollywoodized heights before she takes the big fall: beautiful children, romantic husband (Garcia), cozy house. After the ordeal of rehab, it looks like the glitzy goods will all be restored, giving viewers something to weep over and to covet simultaneously. The movie has plenty of good intentions but always spikes them with teary manipulation — a very mixed cocktail indeed. C+

Originally posted Nov 18, 1994 Published in issue #249 Nov 18, 1994 Order article reprints

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