The Woman Who Sinned (1991) starring Susan Lucci, Tim Matheson, Michael Dudikoff, John Vernon, Christine Belford, Clayton Landey, Tom Everett directed by Michael Switzer - movie review on The Movie Scene

The Woman Who Sinned (1991)   2/52/52/52/52/5


Tim Matheson and Susan Lucci in The Woman Who Sinned (1991)

Material Witness

Having watched her friend embark on a series of affairs Victoria Robeson (Susan Lucci - Miracle at Christmas: Ebbie's Story) decides she wants some excitement too despite being married to former assistant DA Michael (Tim Matheson - Fletch). But when her friend is murdered the police suspect Victoria's involvement due to her initial lies as to where she was the night her friend was killed.

I guess for those who are a fan of actress Susan Lucci "The Woman Who Sinned" might be enjoyable as in every scene she looks good with perfect hair and a ridiculously extensive wardrobe. But beyond the appeal of the cast which also features Tim Matheson "The Woman Who Sinned" offers up little to engage those looking for a movie which isn't too complex yet not ridiculous. And sadly with this being a TV movie from the early 90s it also has that dated soap opera feel about it with some corny over acting.

Now if you are only just getting into TV movies from the past "The Woman Who Sinned" might just entertain with its story of an innocent woman accused of murder but there is nothing new about it. Innocent woman accused of a murder she didn't commit, married couples with secrets and affairs as well as a deeper connection between characters it is all bog standard stuff. And I don't just mean bog standard storyline stuff as the characters, the direction and everything about it, including the soap opera feel, is stereotypically early 90s.

The trouble with all of this is that whilst we know Victoria is innocent the character is not written well enough to make us feel for her and so unless you are a fan of Susan Lucci you won't feel any connection to her. It is the same through out and so whilst Tim Matheson delivers a solid and typically charming performance his character does him no favours.

What this all boils down to is that "The Woman Who Sinned" is for the most just a typical early 90s TV movie. But it is one which to be frank whilst typical is also a struggle due to the lack of character interest.


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