Critic Consensus: Musical numbers save movie from cliches.
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.
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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 Mrs. L.B. Mayer
as Stage Manager
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Critic Reviews for De-Lovely
Unfortunately, the film's post-modern staginess assists in keeping Porter endlessly at arm's length. [Blu-ray]
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.
More imagination than inquiry, this cautiously reverential tale reaches for aesthetic pleasure and emotion over insight.
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.
Performances crackling with an enthusiasm that indicates how much Porter's work continues to be loved and respected.
Audience Reviews for De-Lovely
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.
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.
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