The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw gives four stars for Glenn Close in The Wife – Close, who has never won an Oscar appears to have turned in a performance on the level of Fatal Attraction and Dangerous Liaisons. That is impressive beyond belief.
— Peter Bradshaw (@PeterBradshaw1) September 12, 2017
There’s nothing more dangerous than a writer whose feelings have been hurt.” The speaker is Joan Castleman, the charming, enigmatically discreet and supportive wife of world-famous author and New York literary lion Joe Castleman. It is a fascinating and bravura performance from Glenn Close, in this hugely enjoyable dark comedy from director Björn Runge, adapted by Jane Anderson from the novel by Meg Wolitzer. Perhaps it’s Close’s career-best – unnervingly subtle, unreadably calm, simmering with self-control. Her Joan is a study in marital pain, deceit and the sexual politics of prestige. It’s a portrayal to put alongside Close’s appearances in Dangerous Liaisons and Fatal Attraction. This is an unmissable movie for Glenn Close fans. Actually, you can’t watch it without being a fan.
Glenn Close has been nominated six times – yet has never won. That puts her way out front any other overdue actress and indeed, in an incredibly crowded field of Best Actress contenders, she just might pull it out.