• PG-13, 1 hr. 40 min.
  • Comedy, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Joel Coen
    In Theaters:
    Oct 10, 2003 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 10, 2004
  • Universal Pictures

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Intolerable Cruelty Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Screwball comedy for older teens and adults.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 24, 2010
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Here's an anomaly: a comedy about smart people.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

October 13, 2009
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

A competent bit of work from which striking originality and idiosyncrasy have mostly been pruned away.

Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

May 6, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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The Coens do an efficient job of stamping their signature grotesquerie on sumptuous Beverly Hills and Las Vegas settings and ladling on gallows humor and malice, sometimes with the verve of early Robert Zemeckis.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 7, 2007
Rob Gonsalves

This is the Coens dabbling in the mainstream, and bending it to their will.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

September 24, 2007
Damon Wise
Empire Magazine

The Coensâ(TM) first mainstream romantic comedy is a superb hijacking of an ailing art form -- short, sharp and frequently laugh-out-loud hilarious.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

December 30, 2006
Alan Dale

As Miles, Clooney doesn't make any direct emotional appeal to the audience and yet his high style is so smashingly effective that Miles stands open to us: macher, lover, patsy.

Full Review Source: Blogcritics.org

September 26, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Inventive and hilarious.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Chris Barsanti
Film Threat

A great movie.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2005


Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 3/5

July 5, 2005
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic

A fun romp, thanks largely to the deft work of its two leads.

Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic | Original Score: 3/5

March 5, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

The script is whip-smart. The Coens come closer to the zaniness of their greatest comedy, Raising Arizona, then they have in all of their movies since then.

Full Review Source: Looking Closer | Original Score: B+

December 6, 2004
Tony Medley

Despite the inconsistent script and low tone, this has many funny moments. If you can forget the negative view it takes of mankind, itâ(TM)s entertaining because of the performances of Clooney, Zeta Jones, and the rest of the cast.

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 6/10

October 7, 2004
Mark Collette
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

The Coens ... have taken a typically trite target for ridicule and splayed it out for an attack from outer space, where Coen brothers scripts tend to originate.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

September 20, 2004
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

Half the pleasure of Intolerable Cruelty is watching the Coens play it safe

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 3/4

February 1, 2004
Peter Bradshaw

A date-movie with brain cells.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

January 15, 2004
Jason Anderson

Viewers won't feel like they've been dealt with too cruelly.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 3/5

January 15, 2004
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

The film has a lot going for it - a gem of a premise and one of the most outrageous laughs tucked into a movie this year - but it ultimately comes up short.

Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: B-

December 3, 2003
Eric D. Snider

It perpetrates such whimsy, such loopy wordplay, such manifest absurdity, that one is liable afterward to forget everything about it, except that it made one laugh.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B+

November 4, 2003
Ben Walters
Sight and Sound

Stands up fine as Friday-night fun and if the aim were to produce a slice of escapist entertainment then it can be said to succeed, if not excel.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

November 4, 2003

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February 7, 2004
Nik Huggins
Future Movies UK
November 6, 2003
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