When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)

R   |    |  Drama, Romance


When a Man Loves a Woman (1994) Poster

The seemingly perfect relationship between a man and his wife is tested as a result of her alcoholism.

TIP
Add this title to your Watchlist
Save movies and shows to keep track of what you want to watch.

6.6/10
18,829

Videos


Photos

  • Luis Mandoki in When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
  • Meg Ryan and Andy Garcia in When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
  • Meg Ryan and Andy Garcia in When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
  • Meg Ryan in When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
  • Meg Ryan in When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
  • Andy Garcia in When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)

See all photos

More of What You Love

Find what you're looking for even quicker with the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


1 August 1999 | bjudd
10
| A Highly Underrated Film
When first renting this film, I expected to see a typical love story. I found, instead, a film that truly attempted to accurately display what happens in relationships where one member has a drinking problem. It is powerful and shows the true pain and confusing that often looms over these situations. Rather than sending Alex to detox and having her come home happy, she came home very confused about life and what she was doing. This is one of the many ways this film reflects true life. My only qualm is the ending. Rather than keeping true to the story, the filmmakers seemed to give up and ended it on a happy, superficial note. Despite this letdown, I love this film and everything it tries to communicate.

Meg Ryan's performance is one of the underrated of the decade. She should have received on Oscar nomination for it and was certainly better than Jessica Lange that year. I have read a few comments here saying she did a terrible job. I would ask these people to define what a good performance is to them. Not only did Ryan communicate every possible feeling that a woman in Alex's situation could have, she did it with style and ease. Not only that, but made a dramatic move with this film from her already great performances in romantic comedy. Ryan should be applauded for taking such a huge risk and having it pay off.

Andy Garcia also has a tremendous performance in this film. He too displays very complex emotions of a faulted man with skill.

The one aspect of this film that I love so much is how no character is faultless in the whole situation. All members have contributed to the problem, and all must face up to what they did and try to improve what they have. I don't know if this makes much sense (I feel my thoughts are jumbled). In one simple statement: SEE THIS MOVIE. THE TITLE DOES NOT ACCURATELY DISPLAY THE MOVIE IT TRULY IS. The title makes it sound like another sappy love story. What the viewer gets is a tremendous study of the damage alcoholism can bring to a family.

Critic Reviews



Want to Make a Cult Classic? Start With a Classic Cult

Paul Rust, writer and star of Netflix's "Love," was really into cults when he wrote a script he now calls "100% unproduceable." We're giving it a shot and bringing his idea to life.

Find out what happens on "UnMade"

Featured on IMDb

Check out our guide to the Academy Awards, our coverage of the 2019 awards season, and more.

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com