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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.more
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


Kevin Kline
as Cole Porter
Ashley Judd
as Linda Porter
Kevin McNally
as Gerald Murphy
Alan Corduner
as Monty Woolley
Sandra Nelson
as Sara Murphy
Allan Corduner
as Monty Woolley
Peter Polycarpou
as Louis B. Mayer
Keith Allen
as Irving Berlin
James Wilby
as Edward Thomas
Kevin Mckidd
as Bobby Reed
Richard Dillane
as Bill Wrather
Edward Baker-Duly
as Boris Kochno
Angie Hill
as Ellin Berlin
Leopold Lemarchand
as Musical Performer
Harry Ditson
as Dr. Moorhead
Tayler Hamilton
as Honoria Murphy
Lexie Peel
as Patrick Murphy
Greg Sheffield
as Boath Murphy
Peter Jessop
as Diaghilev
Susannah Fellows
as Mrs. L.B. Mayer
Teddy Kempner
as Stage Manager
Robbie Williams
as Performer
Lemar Obika
as Performer
Sheryl Crow
as Perfomer
Mick Hucknall
as Perfomer
Diana Krall
as Perfomer
Vivian Green
as Perfomer
Lara Fabian
as Perfomer
Natalie Cole
as Perfomer
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Critic Reviews for De-Lovely

All Critics (162) | 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.

Full Review… | 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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