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And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen (2003)

tomatometer

46

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 15

The plot is convoluted and awash in suds.

audience

57

liked it
Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 1,971

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Movie Info

Valentin (also known as And Now...Ladies and Gentleman) is directed by Claude Lelouch and features Jeremy Irons as Valentin, a criminal mastermind whose jewel-stealing business, despite having made him rich, does not offer him much room for personal growth. Hoping to find meaning for his existence, Valentin buys a boat and sets off on a one-man sailing trip around the world, with the police at his heels. At the same time, a burned-out jazz singer named Jane (Patricia Kaas) is in Morocco trying

Jan 13, 2004

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All Critics (77) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (38) | DVD (3)

A good-looking but slim confection that's short on the multi-characterisation and sense of entwined destinies that mark the great Lelouch sagas.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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According to common usage, the French word stupide comes closer to silly than to dumb, which is how I might rationalize my affection for this harebrained, obvious, but euphoric tale.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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You'll either like this soaringly daft confection, even as it aggravates you with its self-absorption, or you won't. I did.

August 29, 2003
Seattle Times
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The movie is overcrowded with ideas, any one of which might have made a fun premise. Put them all together and the result is just plain silly.

August 29, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
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A beautifully crafted meditation on memory, fate, coincidence and yearning.

August 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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It's silly the way hope, optimism and love are silly: silly and rather wonderful.

August 22, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Lelouch isn't interested in anything so pedestrian as plausible narrative.... some people want to fill the world with silly love songs.

January 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Lelouch's wink at the viewer, his gentle undermining of the illusion of the dramatic unity of time and place, playfully tweaks the film's fundamental project of connection.

November 11, 2004 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

It's ludicrous.

October 7, 2004 Full Review Source: tonymedley.com

Because the majority of scenes are drawn out and obviously improvised, this disjointed and rambling confection will have limited appeal to others.

April 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

rambling and far too long

January 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Lelouch ... assuring he doesn't fully lose his audience by the convolutions of the mind, still actively takes part in putting up a fog screen as to avoid total comprehension.

December 31, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

This is like a collection of the best moments from Claude Lelouch's filmography -- with bits and pieces joyously borrowed from his films from the 1970s and '80s, when he was at his most prolific and ingenious.

October 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

The most sophisticated love story since In the Mood for Love, The House of Mirth and The English Patient.

September 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

... simply abstract, substituting romantic gesture for romance and gluing scenes together with vague emotional logic and silky style.

September 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

This drowsy caper comes on like a fun-house mirror of layered pretensions.

August 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Few, if any, other actors could match Irons' stiff-lipped exterior sealing an internal combustion engine of mischief and passion.

August 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

May not be entirely successful, but there are worse ways to spend an afternoon.

August 28, 2003
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

...plays like your neighbors' two-hour vacation slideshow that they insist on showing every time you come over.

August 28, 2003 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

This saga dulls your senses as it weaves across the globe.

August 25, 2003 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

It's two-plus hours of trinkets and baubles and clever repartée beneath a perfect summer sun and beside the whitewashed walls of Fez.

August 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

I didn't believe it; after a while, I even ceased to care about these two, who seem a bad match anyway, despite shared medical problems.

August 23, 2003 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Audience Reviews for And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen

[font=Century Gothic][color=purple]"And Now...Ladies and Gentlemen" is about two people of different professions - Valentin Valentin(Jeremy Irons, who also played Humbert Humbert in "Lolita". What gives?), a jewel thief/master of disguise and Jane Lester(Patricia Kaas), a jazz singer - who are both suffering from the same physical malady - blackouts with an amnesia chaser. [/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=#800080]It feels like Claude LeLouch is trying to make an old-fashioned romance but cannot really decide fully on the movie he wants to make. Does he want to make a tearjerker or "To Catch a Thief"? And the movie is none too plausible. But the Moroccan scenery is certainly nice. [/color][/font]
April 25, 2005
Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

The acting by the cast in "and now... ladies and gentlemen" - both by great actors like Jeremy Irons, as well as others, like Patricia Kaas a famous Jazz singer, is beautiful, very deeply felt.
I was moved by the expression in these two actor's eyes. But one mustn't consider and rate acting by itself in Lelouch movies,which I was not familiar with, but it is the unity of all skills and feelings that make his work so profound. The acting, directing, photography, music... they make up the story.

This movie is filled with illusions, and incredible photographic beauty, specially the ones in Morocco. A must to see.

somehow the Morocco inspector reminds me of the TV serie Inspector Colombo, (funny)
April 4, 2009
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Daisy Maduro

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