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Le Divorce (2003)



Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 22

A mixed bag of uneven tones that feels flat.



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Movie Info

Based on the 1997 National Book Award-nominated novel of the same name by Diane Johnson (co-writer of the script for Stanley Kubrick's The Shining), Le Divorce is a romantic comedy from director James Ivory. Revisiting the "Americans in France" theme that Ivory explored in 1998's A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries, the film stars Kate Hudson as Isabel Walker. When she receives word that her pregnant poetess sister Roxy (Naomi Watts) has been left by her philandering French husband, artist


Drama, Romance, Comedy

James Ivory, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Jan 27, 2004


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All Critics (149) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (87) | DVD (23)

Quite le drag.

August 29, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
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This is an insignificant film with a passably entertaining premise that goes wildly to hell the instant it strays from its comic ideals with brief, unsatisfying detours into the realms of art and high-end lingerie.

August 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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It is a well-dressed film filled with thought and sly observations.

August 22, 2003
Detroit News
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It pokes along like a Renault on an interstate, lacking drama or momentum.

August 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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It's all perfectly pleasant, but the movie lacks an urgent dramatic pulse, or a clear sense of whose story it's supposed to be, or even, from scene to scene, whether it's meant to be a comedy, drama or thriller.

August 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A delightful blend of American sensibility and French chaos in a movie that is sunny, surprising and consistently entertaining.

August 15, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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Not a frothy romantic comedy.

December 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Naomi Watts steals the movie.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The movie is least successful when it tips from semi-serious to too-serious.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source:

Its annoying need to be witty, profound, funny, and charming at all times makes what could have been a smart comedy a tiresome exercise in pleasing its audience.

January 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

At the end when we should be thinking about love and lessons of maturity, we are left with Isabel shrugging off her latest mistake and charging headlong into who-knows-what.

December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

Le Divorce is tres mediocre.

June 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

It's difficult to find a character to connect with.

June 4, 2004

I saw this AFTER I watched Gigli, and it's STILL the worst film I've seen in the last twelve months.

March 3, 2004 Full Review Source:

...the ending does nothing to dispel the feeling that one has just wasted 117 minutes of one's life on empty gestures.

February 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

[E]ven fans of the filmmakers will be hardpressed to consider this one of their great ones.

January 2, 2004 Full Review

...[T]here is such an availability for space in which to work...dramatic or comedic, that Ivory leaves the living room floor open...without ever actually filling it.

December 31, 2003 Full Review Source:

Emerges as one of those concoctions in which the ingredients prove tastier than the finished dish.

November 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas Review-Journal

A polished, if inconsequential, piece of film-making, and a welcome antidote to less subtle portrayals of Franco-American relations.

October 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

too many undeveloped plot strands and a dozen too many famous faces, who keep popping up and then disappearing like some kind of star-studded carousel.

October 26, 2003 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Helmed by a modern auteur and featuring a stellar case, "Le Divorce" could have been a good film... but ironically it fell prey to lack of direction.

October 7, 2003 Full Review Source: EDGE Boston
EDGE Boston

While Le Divorce does not attain the excellence of [previous Merchant/Ivory films'] interpersonal relationships, it certainly features an intelligent story complemented by fine work by a dizzying array of gifted actors...

September 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Le Divorce has more subplots than a casino has slot machines. That's the problem. This is not a bad movie; it's an overstuffed movie.

September 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Sets a gentle and conciliatory mood that takes a lot of the starch out of the love-hate relationship between France and America.

September 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Oh sure, on paper, this all looks glamorous and tempting. But in reality, it is tiring and surprisingly boring.

September 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies
Zertinet Movies

A scrumptious little film that has good intentions despite a general lack of direction.

September 9, 2003 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Le Divorce

It's just not that interesting.
July 16, 2012

Super Reviewer

nothing special
April 11, 2007
jay nixon

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This film is supposed to be a comedy of manners. Comes up short.
August 22, 2010

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