• De-lovely
    3 minutes 35 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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De-Lovely Reviews


Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

August 7, 2004
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A wildly uneven musical biography of Cole Porter.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C+

July 22, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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July 20, 2004
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

July 16, 2004
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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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.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

July 16, 2004
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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Entertaining. With more than 30 Cole Porter songs and an accomplished cast, how can it not be?

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: B-

July 16, 2004
Tom Long
Detroit News
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The story is sad. The music is witty, wary, impassioned and delightful. The balance is what makes De-Lovely special.

| Original Score: B+

July 16, 2004
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Porter's music is made for movies, and just about anywhere else, but maybe the man himself wasn't.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

July 16, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Tends to be abstract when it needs to be literal, staid when it should be salacious, and self-conscious when it should find a natural rhythm.

| Original Score: C+

July 16, 2004
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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This hybrid of psychological investigation, musical celebration and period drama is a muddle.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

July 16, 2004
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Never gets under your skin -- neither yours nor, for that matter, Cole Porter's.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C+

July 15, 2004
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Bungled, empty and tortuously constructed.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

July 15, 2004
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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What worse hell could a showman endure than a tin-eared procession of his greatest hits?

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 0.5/4

July 15, 2004
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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It is my sad duty to tell you it is wooden, artificial, contrived, infuriating and as phony as an invitation to bring along a tape recorder to dinner with J.D. Salinger.

July 9, 2004
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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If for no other reason (and there are assuredly other reasons), I recommend De-Lovely to my readers for its honorable role in opening another door to our ridiculously repressed past.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

July 9, 2004
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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This elegant production beautifully captures a time and place that no longer exists -- and perhaps never did -- except in song.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

July 9, 2004
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Surprisingly uninvolving.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 2, 2004
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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The movie has the air of something that's been in the morgue's icebox for a week.

July 2, 2004
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Kevin Kline does a fine job portraying Porter as he's written. But the script is missing much of the complexity and some of the humanity of the composer.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 2, 2004
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The songs are too plentiful, even for a musical, and pop up with no discernible rhyme or reason -- they aren't performed in chronological order and often fail to fit even the mood of a scene.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

July 2, 2004
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Visually, De-Lovely is a treat; the costumes and colors are lavish and intricate, with the movie occasionally fading elegantly into art deco black and white.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

July 2, 2004
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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Director Irwin Winkler's highly stylized technique is difficult to connect with emotionally.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

July 2, 2004
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's hard to imagine the real Porter sitting still for this kind of film.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

July 2, 2004
Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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De-Lovely twinkles and glows, but all the surface razzle-dazzle fails to mask the emptiness at its core.

| Original Score: 2/4

July 2, 2004
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Despite that gaffe and the underwhelming singing of a couple of pop stars on the soundtrack, De-Lovely has much de-loveliness about it.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 2, 2004
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Better than a root canal, marginally superior to Gigli, but bad enough.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 2, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie contains more music than most musicals, yet is not a concert film because the songs seem to rise so naturally out of the material and illuminate it.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 2, 2004
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Thoughtful, creative, and generally worthy of its subject, with sins that are more of ambition and miscalculation than of execution.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

July 2, 2004
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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De-lousy.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

July 1, 2004
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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You have the creepy sense of watching adult children (with the singular exception of Mr. Kline, who can surmount any disaster) dressed up in period costume at a school pageant.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

July 1, 2004
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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A refreshing change from Hollywood's typical wages-of-sin sermon.

| Original Score: 3/4

July 1, 2004
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Like a Porter song, De-Lovely has melancholy, wit and style to burn.

| Original Score: 3/4

July 1, 2004
John Anderson
Newsday
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The kind of escapist entertainment that has one hunting for an escape route.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1/4

July 1, 2004
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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As a bio-pic, De-Lovely is pretty standard, run-of-the-mill stuff. However, as a 'best hits' collection of Cole Porter's music, it is unparalleled.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

June 30, 2004
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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It's hard not be entertained by two dozen of Cole's best, sung winningly, if not always brilliantly, by a company that includes Alanis Morissette, Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow and (the best, fittingly) Natalie Cole.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

June 30, 2004
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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If you're a Cole Porter fan you might like the songs in De-Lovely, but as a portrait of an unusual marriage it's de-lumbering, de-liberate and de-cidedly flat.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

June 30, 2004
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Something dishy and rare: a biopic about a happy, and even enchanted, man.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

June 30, 2004
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Spike Jones or 'Weird Al' Yankovic could scarcely have been more jarring than the gaggle of preening pop stars invited to camp on the classics.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 29, 2004
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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You enter a movie with that title, prepared to be enchanted. You straggle out a couple of hours later, lost in a fog of gloom.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

June 28, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Director Irwin Winkler has a veteran's appreciation for show business, and he confidently chronicles Porter's rise to fame and fortune -- and his physical and career setbacks.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

June 28, 2004
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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In voice, manner, patrician charm and private torment, Kevin Kline is perfection as legendary composer Cole Porter.

| Original Score: 3/4

June 17, 2004
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Keeping it all alive through all the dramatic ups and down, and limited psychological and emotional complexity, is Kline.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 24, 2004
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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The numbers are staged with wit and style.

May 24, 2004
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