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Molière (2007)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 86
Fresh: 60 | Rotten: 26

Moliere is a sophisticated, witty biopic of the great satirist.


Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 11

Moliere is a sophisticated, witty biopic of the great satirist.



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In 1645, the French playwright and actor Jean-Baptiste Poquelin -- better known as Molière -- mysteriously disappeared for several weeks, and this lavish comedy drama imagines a scenario that could explain what may have happened to him. At this time, Molière (Romain Duris) is touring the French countryside with his traveling theater company, and he's yet to be recognized as one of the continent's great authors (or achieve significant financial success). Molière is put in jail after skipping out



Laurent Tirard, Grégoire Vigneron

Nov 20, 2007


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Director and cowriter Laurent Tirard are clearly under the sway of Shakespeare in Love, but the talented Duris is miscast as the wily Moliere, and Moliere has none of Shakespeare's giddy charm.

August 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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An extravagant and thoroughly irresistible story of intrigue, romance, comedy and artistic inspiration.

August 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Lost in the exercise is any insight into Molière's writing or any relevance to today, making his achievements seem more frivolous -- and considerably less amusing -- than they actually were.

August 17, 2007
Miami Herald
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Like the playwright's comedies, at its best Moliere shows the depths beneath the archetypes.

August 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Woefully miscast as the seminal 17th-century French farceur Molière, the intense, black-maned young French movie star Romain Duris never seems more comfortable than the brief moments when he's rotting in a dank jail.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Witty lines, sumptuous settings, manicured lawns and horses with carriages provide the setting for this frivolous romp that caresses history as it plays with the misadventures of French playwright Molière %u2026 With just the right balance of playfulness

April 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Deluxe tribute to the playwright gets by, surprisingly, as much by romantic poignancy as's hard to dislike a picture so in Love with its subject.

January 21, 2008
Groucho Reviews

A breezy historical romance with a strong knack for comedy.

January 20, 2008 Full Review Source:

A sumptuous pleasure to behold, with its elegantly designed motifs, infectious energy conveying the emotional sensibility of the time, and splendid comic mischief satirizing the hypocrisy of both the bourgeoisie and aristocracy.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

Un cuadro social de época vivaz y divertido, con estupendo elenco y una cuota de romance y emotividad.

November 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

For theater people and French literature buffs...a delightful game of spot-the-reference...

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

As the film picks up momentum, however, it becomes the story of an aimless young man who discovers his own brilliant wit and learns how to use it. As he gets closer to the scathing, fearless Moliere we know and love, so does the movie.

September 21, 2007
Kansas City Star

An amusing and clever film, often laugh-out-loud funny and filled with sparkling characters.

September 17, 2007 Full Review Source:

"Moliere" actually tells a funny, involving story that really does seem inspired by its subject, rather than just lazily cribbing from his work.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

The film illuminates little about Molière himself, but what do you expect from a movie that has the depth of a kiddie pool?

September 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

There's not a single moment that you haven't already seen in a different, better period film.

September 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's like a breeze so slight it doesn't leave a tickle.

September 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Connoisseurs of Sun King-era costumes and decor are the most likely fans of this impeccably produced but unimaginative pseudo-biopic...

September 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The cast is very good. The chemistry between Duris and Morante smolders, while Luchini makes a convincing, bungling aristocrat.

September 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Certainly attractive to look at, but what goes on in front of the manicured lawns and sumptuous seventeenth-century interiors is considerably less amusing than it might be.

September 4, 2007 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

The unraveling of this same world, 100 years later, was portrayed in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, next to whose gilded atmosphere the merely glossy Molière looks like a work of naturalism.

August 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Comment (1)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

I can only wonder what theatre gods Molière angered during his lifetime to deserve such ragtag biographical treatment, but let's hope Molière settles the debt.

August 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

It turns out that a deep appreciation of the human condition can be accomplished through comedy as much as through drama. At least that's what Moliere learns

August 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Audience Reviews for Molière

Entertaining period comedy with beautiful sets and engaging acting. It tells the story of French playwright Molière's early days, as if they were indeed as farcical as his plays. C'est très drole!
April 4, 2008

Super Reviewer

[size=3]"Moliere," starring French dreamboat [b]Romain Duris[/b] as the legendary 17th-century playwright himself, is wonderfully funny and intelligent from first moment to last, all with a light joie de vivre that seems to be part of the French DNA.[/size]


[size=3]I have heard grumblings from some critics who say that the film is simply a recapitulation of one of Moliere's plays. I can't comment on that, as I haven't read any of his work. What I do know is that this film is gorgeous, heart-felt, superbly acted and directed, surprising, witty and overflowing with life. I recommend it to anyone, except [/size][size=3]maybe to Moliere scholars, who presumably have seen it all before.[/size]


[size=3]The plot surrounds Moliere being rescued from debtors' prison by an extravagantly wealthy merchant named Monsieur Jourdain, who is striving to win the heart of a young, beautiful, well-educated Comtesse. Since he is married, this Comtesse would be his mistress. (The tradition of the mistress in France is like nothing we have in America. In France it is almost presumed that a married man would have a mistress -- or more recently, a boyfriend. Vive la France!)[/size]

[size=3]Jourdain, who is hilariously played by [b]Fabrice Luchini[/b], [/size][size=3]is hoping to captivate the ravishing Comtesse by writing a play that will impress her. [/size][size=3]Moliere is to move into Jourdain's immense chateau and tutor Jourdain without his family knowing. Moliere is to masquerade as a priest come to protect the soul of Jourdain's youngest daughter. [/size][size=3]Watching the ribald, devilish Moliere attempt to lead prayers was priceless.[/size]

[size=3]Complexities emerge when Moliere falls in love with Madame Jourdain and the erotic adventures of Jourdain's older daughter come to light. The local aristocrat also brings his own intrigues. Woven through all of it is the struggle within Moliere himself to trust his talent in all its oddness. When he tells the artistically minded Madame Jourdain that there is no such thing as comedy with philosophical depth, her response is simply and powerfully, "Then invent it." Would that all young artists had a Mme. Jourdain to inspire them.[/size]

[size=3]He does come to believe in himself, and nearly 400 years later we're still talking about him. That's pretty damn good.[/size]

[size=3]I'm sure anyone who sees this film will enjoy him or herself immensely. But I can't say it's a superior artistic accomplishment. Formally speaking, it's run of the mill. It stays completely within the established conventions of modern mainstream cinema. It doesn't show even the slightest bit of interest in charting new territory, formally or even thematically. It's a delight, but no one would call it artistically audacious. Thus I cannot rank it higher than an 8.[/size]
August 5, 2007
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William Dunmyer

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As someone else said somewhere, magnifique! This was like watching a Moliere play. All of the elements he later used are here. The actor disguised as a priest. The dilletante husband. The beautiful wife. The tutors for every subject then in vogue. The daughter who secretly loves the boy next door. The servants who turn a blind eye to the shenanigans around them. It's all there. As was shown at the end, after Moliere toured the countryside for many years, he returned to Paris and staged the comedic plays that this movie posits he lived during the historically unexplained absence of two years. Watch this and you may learn more about Moliere and his plays than you realize.
October 4, 2008
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]"Moliere" starts in 1658 with playwright and actor Moliere(Romain Duris) leading his acting troupe to a triumphant return to Paris after perfomring throughout rural France for years but he aims to do more serious plays than his usual farces.(So, I guess you could say he was a 17th century Woody Allen, minus the space aliens.) 13 years earlier, he was not so fortunate as he was arrested for debts unpaid but is rescued by Jourdain(Fabrice Luchini), a wealthy merchant, who assumes his debts in exchange for his theatrical coaching to win the hand of Marquise Celimene(Ludivine Sagnier). At the first opportunity, Moliere makes a break for it but is simultaneously deterred by a very large dog and enchanted by Jourdain's wife(Laura Morante)...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Moliere" is a misguided and awkward attempt to explore the creative process. Well, at least it looks great. Maybe, it would have helped if I knew more about the life and works of Moliere. What I can sense is that he was some kind of comic genius. Ironically, the film is at its weakest when it tries to be funny while the serious parts are not half bad, as long as they are allowed to maintain some kind of momentum. Under such conditions, a good cast can do little to help. Ludivine Sagnier comes closest to succeeding but even Laura Morante cannot shine with material like this. And it is especially strange considering Fabrice Luchini was on similar ground several years back in "Beaumarchais the Scoundrel."[/font]
September 20, 2008
Walter M.

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