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Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter)

Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter) (1994)



Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 6

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This large, sprawling comedy directed by Robert Altman concerns a variety of romantic and personal intrigues that intersect against the backdrop of Paris's annual "Pret-a-Porter" fashion extravaganza. With 31 principal characters and a number of cameos from well known models, designers, actors and actresses, there's far too much going on to describe the film in a limited space, but Julia Roberts and Tim Robbins get stuck in a hotel room together, Danny Aiello wears a dress, Sophia Loren and


Drama, Comedy

Robert Altman, Barbara Shulgasser

Jun 29, 1999


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Though it credits Mr. Altman and Barbara Shulgasser as writers, this film seems practically scriptless, to the point where much of it plays like a first rehearsal.

May 17, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The picture is not a social satire. It's a mess.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Altman and his writer, former Chicago Sun-Times reporter Barbara Shulgasser, should have gone further and been meaner; too many of his jokes are generic slapstick, instead of being aimed squarely at industry's targets.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Despite some delicious moments, this sluggish, overlong, halfhearted satire feels like a movie that wanted to go somewhere but never got there.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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The spoof goes nowhere and takes a long time in doing so.

July 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Sporadically amusing camp mess.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source:

Robert Altman may be the most inconsistent American film director alive.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Altman's much-maligned comedy about the fashion industry deserves another look.

May 12, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It seems like a very long wait to get to the various punch lines.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Ready to Wear is to filmmaking what paper dresses were to fashion -- thin, trendy, and disposable.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

So overblown, so full of itself and yet so exquisitely empty, that we're left wondering whether, in his haste to expose the Emperor's New Clothes, the artist has stopped near a mirror to check his own dangerously ephemeral finery.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

I got the feeling that Altman didn't really have any idea what he wanted to say with this film (which he later conceded in a TV interview).

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter)

Altman's lighthearted, amusing and unfairly underrated satire on the fashion industry is a sharp ensemble piece of celebrities, designers and reporters as they meet and stumble across one another at the "prêt-à-porter" extravaganza of Paris Fashion Week.
September 2, 2014

Super Reviewer

I tried four different times to watch this over two hours, but even though it has a cast of thousands (31 stars I guess), it has no continuity and puts you to sleep
April 15, 2012

Super Reviewer

I have a love hate thing going on with Altman movies. This is one of his I hate.
September 29, 2009

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