The Artist's Wife

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Claire Smythson, wife of the renowned abstract artist Richard Smythson, is plunged into a late-life crisis when her husband is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and is in danger of not completing the paintings for his final show.


  • Lena Olin
  • Bruce Dern
  • Juliet Rylance
  • Avan Jogia
  • Stefanie Powers
  • Catherine Curtin
  • Tonya Pinkins
  • Caryn West

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Sep 24, 2020

Despite its value in providing superb starring turns by Lena Olin and Bruce Dern, the film never manages to overcome its air of familiarity.

Metacritic review by Frank Scheck
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
Sep 24, 2020

Dolby provides Dern with a chance to be cranky and vicious, but what else is new? The revelation here is Lena Olin, who gets her best role in years as the artist’s second wife, Claire, an artist in her own right who gave it all up to make a home with and for a demanding husband.

Metacritic review by Mick LaSalle
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
Sep 22, 2020

This is more worth seeing for Olin and Dern’s tetchy and touching interactions, portraying a marriage of devotion and decay. Every filmmaker who preaches that “Casting is everything,” or 90 percent of everything, isn’t exaggerating. The Artist’s Wife proves it.

Metacritic review by Roger Moore
Roger Moore
Movie Nation