Chéri Reviews

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Nicolas Rapold
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 3, 2009
A movie like Cheri needs the time and space of The Age of Innocence. Instead, it's rushed along in an hour and 40 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 1, 2009
It's the kind of refined, delicate acting Pfeiffer does so well, and it's a further reminder of how much we've missed her since she's been away.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 30, 2009
These two lovebirds are playfully mismatched, and that's just why they fall for each other.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 30, 2009
Cheri is a serviceable period piece, but not much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
June 29, 2009
Michelle Pfeiffer is quite good, but the script leaves Kathy Bates -- talented as she is -- with a bit of a cartoonish performance.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
June 29, 2009
Where is the passion? Where is the heat?
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 26, 2009
It's hard to believe that the smart Lea would remain interested for six hours, much less six years, with the vapid Chéri.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 26, 2009
Like the exquisite costumes, the scenery is as gorgeous as most of the cast, providing the perfect backdrop for some unabashed escapism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 26, 2009
Chéri is a sad, intelligent film about coming of age late in life, looking in the mirror and wondering, "What happened?"
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 26, 2009
A smart and lushly romantic film adaptation of a Colette story of a doomed love.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 26, 2009
The film itself, though, is all dressed up with nowhere to go.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 26, 2009
There just isn't enough beneath the surface in Cheri to justify all the talent on hand.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 26, 2009
With nothing truly at risk of being lost, we're left to ask, why are we here?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
June 26, 2009
Chéri is a perfect example of a movie that gets many of the details right and the vibe all wrong.
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Christopher Kelly
Dallas Morning News
June 26, 2009
Pfeiffer is curiously cold and brittle, while Friend never allows us to feel his character's anguish when he realizes the error of leaving Lea.
| Original Score: 3/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 26, 2009
This costume drama doesn't have nearly as much bite as [Dangerous Liaisons], though the age reversal of its central romance gives it a certain topicality.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 26, 2009
This wonderfully gifted actress, whose beauty has sometimes distracted from her abilities, here makes Cheri something rare and haunting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 26, 2009
Cheri may be too leisurely paced for the Fast & Furious and Terminator Salvation crowd. But if you're in the mood for a warm bath rather than a quick shower, you might find this bittersweet period piece quite moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
June 26, 2009
The movie speaks to issues of traditional desirability and dignity, specifically to the point in a woman's life when she either makes decisions about how well those two qualities can exist together or has them made for her.
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
June 26, 2009
By the end, it almost seems as if Frears has wearied of the tale, bringing in the narrator to dispatch Chéri to his fate (an unhappy one) in a few well-modulated sentences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 26, 2009
Cheri, like the character, is an entertaining bauble without much on its mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 26, 2009
The movie bogs down by going nowhere other than inside its characters, who are intensely passionate but of an era more curious than emotionally relevant.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 26, 2009
[Pfeiffer's] latest film, Cheri, finds her at the height of her ability, in a role worthy of her maturity and emotional intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 26, 2009
On the page the narrator's tone is clearer than it is on-screen, where images dominate dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 26, 2009
In Chéri you see the frailty and the strength, yet you rarely experience either with the depth of feeling you might because of the palpable uneasiness surrounding her performance.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 26, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
June 25, 2009
Chéri really doesn't work because its central love story lacks dramatic force or even enough fun scenes to keep us going.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 25, 2009
If the movie were better -- less swoony, more relentless -- it might be unbearable to watch. As it is, Cheri touches on the insecure egotism of courtesans and movie stars with a knowing firmness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
June 25, 2009
Chéri is far from dull, thanks in particular to Pfeiffer's languorously nuanced performance as a striking beauty whose dalliance with a boy first flatters her, then makes her feel her age and the emptiness of her fiercely independent life.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 25, 2009
Cheri is an engaging romantic melodrama that provides an authentic sense of time and place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 25, 2009
The success of Stephen Frears' film Chéri begins with its casting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 25, 2009
With Pfeiffer, 50, radiating uncommon beauty, grace and feeling, Frears uncovers a fragile story's grieving heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 24, 2009
Frears and his Liaisons screenwriter, Christopher Hampton, give us a period piece in which the settings are fab, but the liaisons aren't dangerous, or even romantic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
June 24, 2009
Pfeiffer, uncertain how to convey the older, wiser erotomane, resorts to sounding like Samantha Jones auditioning for Masterpiece Theater, her décolletage the only part of this movie getting any air.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 22, 2009
It's not a good sign when you have to take the movie's word for it that the lovers at its center are really, really into each other.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
May 8, 2009
The multi-talented and adaptable director Stephen Frears has produced one of his most dull, airless and conventional films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6