• 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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Tom Long
Detroit News
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These are good actors telling a good story, so the virtue is indeed easy to grasp, and a fine time should be had by all.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

June 12, 2009
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

Engaging and well acted -- that rare period piece that refuses to yield to predictably stuffy interpretations of what does and doesn't constitute familial screen conflict in times gone by.

Full Review Source: Shared Darkness | Original Score: B

June 12, 2009
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

Jessica Biel has such a contemporary sensibility that she's more than a fish-out-of-water in Noel Coward's 1920s comedy of manners and moral - she's a feminist-out-of-century.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10

June 11, 2009
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly

Biel still appears uncomfortable. She would do well to get more experience under her belt before reaching for a corset. If she caught any break, it's that Easy Virtue only pretends to be upscale cinema.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 2/5

June 11, 2009
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Easy Virtue has all the elements for a sprightly romp with serious underpinnings, and occasionally it achieves that balance. But it's marred by attempts at farce that are as belabored as they are ill-advised.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 11, 2009
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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A winning, witty fox trot through the Roaring 20s, when men were men, women were liberating themselves and the 'to the manner born' were losing their grip on their manners -- and manors.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

June 11, 2009
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Witty but uneven period piece has mature themes.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

June 11, 2009
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Jessica Biel gets more publicity for her body and her boyfriend than for her acting ability, but Easy Virtue may be cause for a reassessment.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 10, 2009
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

If Noel Coward had written Meet the Parents, it might look something like [this]: wickedly funny and also (or perhaps therefore) entirely free of poop jokes.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

June 10, 2009
Richard Knight
Windy City Times

Biel's rather lumpen line readings aside it has enough stylish zest and laughs to make it an easy recommendation.

Full Review Source: Windy City Times

June 6, 2009
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Breezily compensates for its minor flaws.

Full Review Source: Washington City Paper

June 5, 2009
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Easy Virtue would like us to sympathize with the fresh-faced American, but the bitter, insult-spewing Brits are so much more entertaining that I was rooting for them.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

June 5, 2009
Dan Zak
Washington Post
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What might've been a scrumptious, chocolatey dessert of a movie -- a Noel Coward delite -- is instead a scoop of lemon ice, not filling, faintly sweet and mostly water.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

June 5, 2009
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Full of forced jocularity and drawing-room hissy fits, with its cast parading around in vintage threads and antique cars, Easy Virtue is a close-to-insufferable souffle based on the 1925 Noel Coward play.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

June 5, 2009
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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It lumbers instead of dazzles, drags where it should feint and jab.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

June 4, 2009
Tony Medley


Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 5/10

June 4, 2009
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

I know it's a period piece, but the attitudes are dated to the point of being nonsensical. The actors seem to sense this, and ramp up their performances to fill the void.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: C

June 4, 2009
Cole Smithey

Stephan Eliott's Noel Coward adaptation hits a lilting comic gallop in '20s era England.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: B-

June 4, 2009
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Presumably the first NoŽl Coward adaptation feature a Billy Ocean song.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly

June 3, 2009
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

While everyone won't agree with the approach...it does result in the sort of mildly amusing, feel-good period piece with an easy-to-swallow message that appeals to today's older audiences.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B-

June 3, 2009
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