De-Lovely (2004)



Critic Consensus: Musical numbers save movie from cliches.

Movie Info

A musical portrait of American composer Cole Porter in which the musician looks back on his life as if it was one of his spectacular stage shows, with the people and events of his life becoming the actors and action onstage. Through elaborate production numbers Porter's elegant, excessive past comes to light--including his deeply complicated relationship with his wife and muse, Linda Lee Porter.

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jay Cocks
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 21, 2004
Box Office: $13.1M
United Artists - Official Site


as Cole Porter

as Linda Porter

as Gerald Murphy

as Monty Woolley

as Sara Murphy

as Monty Woolley

as Louis B. Mayer

as Irving Berlin

as Edward Thomas

as Bobby Reed

as Bill Wrather

as Boris Kochno

as Ellin Berlin

as Musical Performer

as Dr. Moorhead

as Honoria Murphy

as Patrick Murphy

as Boath Murphy

as Diaghilev

as Mrs. L.B. Mayer

as Stage Manager

as Performer

as Performer

as Perfomer

as Perfomer

as Perfomer

as Perfomer

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Critic Reviews for De-Lovely

All Critics (160) | Top Critics (44)

Unfortunately, the film's post-modern staginess assists in keeping Porter endlessly at arm's length. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | May 8, 2011
Groucho Reviews

Winkler indulges a large amount of screentime detailing these sexual leanings and complications, which disrupts the picture's balance between wannabe musical and straight up bio-pic.

Full Review… | May 3, 2011

The music is de-lovely, but not much else is.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

More imagination than inquiry, this cautiously reverential tale reaches for aesthetic pleasure and emotion over insight.

| May 24, 2007
Long Island Press

If you ignore the plot and just approach the flick as nothing more than a 21st century update of a Busby Berkeley-style musical, you will not be disappointed.

Full Review… | May 23, 2007
Princeton Town Topics

Performances crackling with an enthusiasm that indicates how much Porter's work continues to be loved and respected.

September 22, 2006
Christianity Today

Audience Reviews for De-Lovely

Nice movie....

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


The music, so vividly emphasized, made this film more of a musical in itself than a biopic of Cole Porter, a man whose life was riddled with rumors, infidelities, and the his love for his soulmate, Linda. In short, it was almost a musical written by Oscar Wilde.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

The acting and music are really good, but focuses way too much on his homosexual interests and weird-as-hell personal life. God bless Ashley Judd.

Derek Daniels

Super Reviewer

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