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Irma La Douce (1963)

Irma La Douce

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 14
Fresh: 12
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 3
Fresh: 2
Rotten: 1

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 5,736

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Movie Info

This romantic comedy opens with a resounding warning: its chief concerns are passion, bloodshed, desire, and death. "Everything," exclaims the narrator, "that makes life worth living." Irma La Douce (Shirley MacClaine) is Paris' most prosperous prostitute. Wise, endearing, and compulsively clad in green, Irma rules the rue Casanova. She triumphantly works the most coveted corner on a street where the cops gladly look the other way and the naughty johns leave tips. Her street is a content … More

Rating:
Unrated
Genre:
Romance , Classics , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Alexandre Breffort , Billy Wilder , I. A. L. Diamond
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Sep 18, 2001
Runtime:


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Critic Reviews for Irma La Douce

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (2) | DVD (9)

A good example of how a movie can be utterly characteristic of its maker and still fall with a resounding thud...

Full Review… | August 15, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Wilder's soft-centred cynicism provides frequent enough laughs without too many longueurs.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Lemmon is little short of brilliant...

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

One of Billy Wilder's lesser films, Irma La Douce relies entirely on its two stars, Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, neither of whom is particularly good or funny, despite the masks and the accents.

Full Review… | February 17, 2011
EmanuelLevy.Com

Wilder somehow sustains the lively pace and humor for the two-and-a-half hour color comedy.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

Just great fun.

February 21, 2008
ColeSmithey.com

The movie was filmed on a 360-degree set so shooting could be done in any direction.

Full Review… | August 15, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Wonderful story, stars (Lemmon & MacLaine), director (WIlder). And what a great Previn score.

May 9, 2007
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Though the saucy French soufflé has a few tasty moments it mostly sinks into being tasteless fare.

Full Review… | March 17, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A marriage of paradoxes.

Full Review… | August 6, 2003
Film Freak Central

Underrated Wilder

October 16, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Irma La Douce

This is a fun film, but it doesn't near comparison to wilder's work with the two stars in 'the apartment." ...but no one said that it should.

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bookmunki
Stefanie C

Super Reviewer

This is another really funny movie from WIlder, and starring the great Jack Lemmon. The story isn't new, and it's predictable sometimes, but that doesn't make the movie an less funny.

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AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

½

A brilliant comedy starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley McClane where the charcters and situation escalate way out of control and have hilarious consequences. The humour is still fairly subtle, but this is a totally unique quirky gem of a film, which has gone straight into to my favourites list.

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Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

In Paris, naive cop Patou (Jack Lemmon) falls in love with top prostitute Irma (Shirley MacClaine). The dialogue is witty and Lemmon shines at times, but even at two-and-a-half hours the odd mix of lighthearted comedy and should-be-sordid subject matter never gels in tone.

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Greg S

Super Reviewer

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