• PG-13, 1 hr. 36 min.
  • Comedy, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Stephan Elliott
    In Theaters:
    May 22, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 15, 2009
  • Sony Pictures Classics


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Easy Virtue Reviews

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

A period piece that may play well with those who hate period pieces. [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

September 23, 2009
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Easy Virtue makes subtle comedy look easy. The ensemble is brilliant, and Noel Coward's play-brought-to-film is just good enough . . . .

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

September 11, 2009
Pete Hammond

This British drawing-room comedy feels awfully familiar but is redeemed by some tart performances.

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 3/5

September 4, 2009
Mike Scott

A recent headline declared that [Jessica] Biel "is still trying to prove she's more than a pretty face." After Easy Virtue, she's still got something to prove.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 2/4

July 17, 2009
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

It's only a surprise if you haven't seen his other films.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 12, 2009
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Awkwardly conceived in a superficial reality that leaves its punch lines without much punch.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

June 30, 2009
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Biel's performance lacks the zing needed to jolt this comedy of manners.

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: C

June 27, 2009
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Jessica Biel turns out to be up to the task of handling Coward's deliciously acidic lines and is well-matched with an impressive all-British cast in the sparkling "Easy Virtue."

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3/4

June 26, 2009
Eric D. Snider

If Colin Firth and Kristin Scott Thomas firing snarky bon mots at people for 90 minutes doesn't sound entertaining, I don't know what to tell you.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B+

June 22, 2009
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...almost undone by the casting of thoroughly modern Jessica Biel.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 83/100

June 22, 2009
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Easy to like but hard to wholly recommend.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 21, 2009
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum

Biel holds her own with the seamless acting chops of Firth and Thomas. The movie benefits from a snappy musical score with familiar standout show tunes from Cole Porter.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 3/4

June 20, 2009
Marc Mohan

Said husband, as well as the family's other members, are as bland and forgettable as the 1920s British cuisine on display.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: C+

June 19, 2009
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Echoing the words of the great Porter song, Easy Virtue deliciously misbehaves.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

June 19, 2009
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun

In 1988, Sheridan Morley noted that Easy Virtue "remains of interest chiefly as Noel's elegant, laconic tribute to a lost world of drawing-room dramas." This gleefully inelegant movie tosses even that mild interest away.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 2/4

June 19, 2009
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Biel is not completely miscast in this role of the Other in the drawing-room midst, but she exudes a thoroughly contemporary air that never jibes with the Twenties tenor of the English manor-born in the decade after the Great War.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

June 19, 2009
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Will appeal only to Anglophiles who swoon at the sound of such words as 'codswallop'...

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 0.5/4

June 19, 2009
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Sporadically engaging, Easy Virtue would do better swapping amusement for a more elusive quarry: truth.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 2/4

June 18, 2009
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

To say that her casting doesn't work is an understatement. And there's not nearly enough of Coward's biting wit on display here.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

June 18, 2009
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Stephan Elliott is back with a vengeance. He's also back with a movie that's not only a worthy successor to Priscilla, it may be even better.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 5/5

June 17, 2009
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