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De-Lovely (2004)



Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 23

Musical numbers save movie from cliches.



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Movie Info

The public and private lives of famed songwriter Cole Porter are both explored in this musical drama, in which the aging Porter (played by Kevin Kline) looks back on his life while watching a rehearsal of a stage musical based on his story. As Porter compares notes on the play with director Gabe (Jonathan Pryce), he shares thoughts on his rise to fame in the mid-'20s, writing witty and sophisticated tunes for a string of successful Broadway musicals. Porter seemed to be living a charmed life


Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy

Jay Cocks

Dec 21, 2004


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All Critics (160) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (74) | Rotten (81) | DVD (21)

The results ... are staid, with re-creations of Paris in the Jazz Age and Hollywood in its Golden Age that are like waxworks in motion.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
New York Magazine
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A wildly uneven musical biography of Cole Porter.

July 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Porter's songs keep much the film afloat when, otherwise, it would have sunk. No matter how turgid or murky the movie becomes, when the music starts, you're flying.

July 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Not inept enough to make the composer spin in his grave ... but not insightful or clever enough to please the old boy, either.

July 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Entertaining. With more than 30 Cole Porter songs and an accomplished cast, how can it not be?

July 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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The story is sad. The music is witty, wary, impassioned and delightful. The balance is what makes De-Lovely special.

July 16, 2004
Detroit News
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Unfortunately, the film's post-modern staginess assists in keeping Porter endlessly at arm's length. [Blu-ray]

May 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
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.

May 3, 2011 Full Review Source:

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

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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

May 24, 2007 Full Review
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.

May 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics
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

Elegante e esteticamente admirável, este musical é um pouco mais longo do que deveria, mas as belas canções e os complexos planos concebidos por Winker acabam compensando.

May 5, 2005
Cinema em Cena

The production numbers recap Porter's life using his own music. The concept is nothing if not original but it's the execution that causes the greatest strife.

April 17, 2005
Cinema Sight

...employs a bizarre structure that makes it virtually impossible to connect with anything or anyone on screen.

February 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Emotionally week and distant, like watered-down soup. It provides poor nourishment.

February 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

An intelligent behind-the-scenes look at enduring love and enduring music.

December 15, 2004 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

De-Lovely, de-Nearly delectable

December 3, 2004 Full Review Source: JWR

...if I didn't already enjoy the composer's music, this movie would never have swayed to like it.

November 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Kline and Judd are both good, but Cole Porter seems to have more sophistication than depth.

November 24, 2004 Full Review
Mark Leeper's Reviews

The movie does offer insight into a man whose lyrics now are underscored with the deeper, hidden rhythms of truth.

November 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

The least you can expect from a film celebrating a witty and stylish personality like Cole Porter is to be witty and stylish. But, alas, De-Lovely is neither.

November 13, 2004 Full Review

De-senfrenada y de-lirante, de-liciosa en algunos momentos.

November 11, 2004

A handsome musical about the most ambiguous of American composers.

October 16, 2004 Full Review

De-Lovely's pedestrian aesthetic choices and conventional point of view sit awkwardly within its semi-experimental framework.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Experience
Film Experience

It's very, very bad, and not even in a nice, campy Showgirls way.

October 6, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

Audience Reviews for De-Lovely

Nice movie....
May 16, 2013

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.
December 9, 2010

Super Reviewer

A sad movie. Not my favorite type of music. It's well acted by Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd.
August 15, 2007

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