• PG-13, 2 hr. 1 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Laurent Tirard
    In Theaters:
    Jul 27, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 20, 2007
  • Sony Pictures Classics

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Molière Reviews

Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

May 13, 2009
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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October 18, 2008
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

January 18, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 25, 2007
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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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.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

August 24, 2007
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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An extravagant and thoroughly irresistible story of intrigue, romance, comedy and artistic inspiration.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 23, 2007
Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
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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.

| Original Score: 2/4

August 17, 2007
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Like the playwright's comedies, at its best Moliere shows the depths beneath the archetypes.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

August 16, 2007
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 10, 2007
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 10, 2007
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
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Moliere hardly matches the clever mockery of its 17th century inspiration.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 10, 2007
Ryan Wenzel
Chicago Reader
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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 Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 2/4

August 10, 2007
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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As a piece of speculative biography, the movie is unpersuasive.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 10, 2007
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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

August 9, 2007
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 9, 2007
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Molière is a restful diversion, perhaps too restful, but still acceptable. And the actors go a long way toward bringing it off.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 3, 2007
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

August 2, 2007
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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A period piece enlivened with slapstick and mischievous wit.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

July 27, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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This movie about the crucible of imagination has none of its own.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

July 27, 2007
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

July 27, 2007
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

July 27, 2007
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Laura Morante proves once again that she is one of the most intelligent and attractive actresses in the world.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

July 26, 2007
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

July 26, 2007
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

July 26, 2007
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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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...

Full Review Source: New Yorker

July 23, 2007
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/6

July 12, 2007
Lisa Nesselson
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 2, 2007
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