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Molière Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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David Fear
Time Out
January 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 25, 2007
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 24, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 23, 2007
An extravagant and thoroughly irresistible story of intrigue, romance, comedy and artistic inspiration.
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
August 17, 2007
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 16, 2007
Like the playwright's comedies, at its best Moliere shows the depths beneath the archetypes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
August 10, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 10, 2007
In making a comedy about a writer famed for his perfectly tuned wit, the filmmakers have inspired other expectations. The result is as off-putting as biting into a confection in which the sugar has been replaced by salt.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
August 10, 2007
Moliere hardly matches the clever mockery of its 17th century inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ryan Wenzel
Chicago Reader
August 10, 2007
Through homage to Moliere's works and by the film's own example, [director] Tirard reminds us that comedy can provoke both laughter and thought.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 10, 2007
As a piece of speculative biography, the movie is unpersuasive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 9, 2007
Although you may fidget 90 minutes in, a strong finale saves the day, and as some other playwright said, all's well that ends well.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 9, 2007
Director and co-writer Laurent Tirard's pleasant but tame approach to his birth-of-a-major-world-dramatist portrait has its virtues.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 3, 2007
Molière is a restful diversion, perhaps too restful, but still acceptable. And the actors go a long way toward bringing it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 2, 2007
A conventional biopic would probably elide most of this period, which was before the pioneering satirist scandalized the establishment with plays like Tartuffe, but the disarming farce Molire, to its great credit, isn't really a biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
July 27, 2007
A period piece enlivened with slapstick and mischievous wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 27, 2007
This movie about the crucible of imagination has none of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 27, 2007
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, better known as Molière, wrote more than 30 plays, every one of them a hundred times more witty and insightful than the movie Molière.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 27, 2007
The actors elevate what might have been fluff into a genuinely moving tale, and the action is so much fun that it doesn't even matter if you've seen Molière's plays before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 26, 2007
Laura Morante proves once again that she is one of the most intelligent and attractive actresses in the world.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
July 26, 2007
Festooned with oodles of museum-worthy 17th century sets and costumes, Moliere is the sort of slightly naughty but literate frolic that congratulates the audience for its good taste; in other words, it's a bit of a snooze.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 26, 2007
Molière is as much about the making of a patroness as it is about the gestation of artistic form, for it's she who eggs on the callow playwright to reinvent comedy as serious business with a powerful moral core.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 23, 2007
This is the sort of period movie -- that would leave a modern audience with faces of stone. Yet the film, directed by Laurent Tirard, has something. To be exact, it has Fabrice Luchini and Laura Morante...
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
July 12, 2007
All in all, it's a breezy, jestful and enjoyable divertissement, in which Duris is given free rein to showcase his considerable versatility.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
February 2, 2007
Speculative pic on how Gaul's answer to Shakespeare found inspiration in an involuntary gig giving a nobleman acting lessons is sumptuous, touching and often laugh-out-loud funny.