Le Divorce Reviews

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David Rooney
Variety
March 27, 2009
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 29, 2003
Quite le drag.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
August 22, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 22, 2003
It is a well-dressed film filled with thought and sly observations.
| Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 21, 2003
It pokes along like a Renault on an interstate, lacking drama or momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 20, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
August 15, 2003
A delightful blend of American sensibility and French chaos in a movie that is sunny, surprising and consistently entertaining.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 15, 2003
The film comes up short on insight into its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
August 15, 2003
A charming, always-engaging comedy of manners.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 15, 2003
For all that talent, and the lovely source material, there is something plodding about this comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 15, 2003
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 15, 2003
Mostly Le Mediocre.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 15, 2003
A decidedly mixed affair that wavers between hopeless melodrama and bland comedy of manners, scoring few points in either area.
| Original Score: C
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 12, 2003
Characters are left half-developed or undeveloped so that as much plot as possible can be crammed into two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 11, 2003
... a flat comedy/melodrama combo filled with stereotypes about snooty French and gauche Americans.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 8, 2003
Features a number of very good performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 8, 2003
A relaxed delight, a series of delicately tongue-in- cheek musings about the clash between American and French cultures.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 8, 2003
Should have been a smart bit of cinematic froth but instead sinks like an overworked souffle.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
August 8, 2003
The nuances of French and American cultural differences feel as imperviously old-hat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 8, 2003
Breezy pleasure, complete with cultural commentary that never quite stings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
August 8, 2003
Ivory's direction is so polished and smooth and full of smart observations that I never found my attention lagging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 8, 2003
Those who haven't read the book won't know what they're missing, and indeed will probably enjoy what they find here.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
August 8, 2003
Though not as witty or accomplished as you'd expect from its pedigree, Le Divorce provides welcome relief from the lame-brained trash Hollywood has foisted on the public this summer.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 8, 2003
Feels like a period film in clumsy modern-day dressup.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 8, 2003
If you are familiar with France and have a love-hate affair with that most cryptic of nations, you are likely to enjoy the movie from moment to moment, whether or not it adds up for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
August 8, 2003
The boorish jokes about clueless Americans and ridiculous Frenchies are presented without finesse or point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 8, 2003
For me, the best reason to see this movie is that in the midst of her amusement Johnson feels sympathy and admiration for both cultures, and for all its glitz, the adaptation preserves and extends the same sentiments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
August 7, 2003
A film in which the City of Light's seductions and perils are as dimmed as the novelist's point and purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 7, 2003
Entertaining as an adult romantic comedy, but then it switches gears to become a silly suspense thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 7, 2003
A thin and unsatisfying concoction that somehow manages to make one of the richest and most durable sources of culture-clash comedy into an occasion for dullness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
August 7, 2003
Starting with the artistic opening credits, it's an elegant film with literate dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
August 7, 2003
Somehow lacks lightness and weight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
August 7, 2003
It isn't often that the Merchant-Ivory team ... misses the spirit of a good book this badly.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 7, 2003
Deliciously droll.
| Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
August 7, 2003
The script by Ivory and Jhabvala ... has removed all sense of nuance, which was what the original story was all about -- language, manners and the subtle degrees of attitude that mark one as French or American.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 7, 2003
On the evidence of their new film, taking [Merchant-Ivory- Jhabvala] out of the hushed, brocaded drawing rooms of the past and into a more pop present brings a touch of sorely needed pep and froth to an oeuvre becalmed in solemn good taste.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
August 6, 2003
The Merchant -Ivory -Jhabvala triumvirate has once more scaled the heights of the 'cinema of manners' achieved in their repertoire of picture-perfect period pieces.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 6, 2003
A modern-day Merchant Ivory film, one of those blurry anachronistic duds.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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David Ng
Village Voice
August 5, 2003
Entranced by the natives, Le Divorce reduces the knowing ditziness of Johnson's novel to vapid, exchange-student wonderment.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 31, 2003
A bonbon spiked with delicious wit and malice.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 25, 2003
Utterly charming and not without those subtle insights into character and culture that mark [Merchant Ivory's] best films.