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Molière Reviews

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July 20, 2007
The Shakespeare in Love song remains the same, only the lyrics have changed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 27, 2007
What's missing, alas, is a greater sense of surprise that might keep the film from feeling somewhat rote.
September 12, 2007
There's not a single moment that you haven't already seen in a different, better period film.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
July 27, 2007
This movie about the crucible of imagination has none of its own.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 24, 2007
I can only wonder what theatre gods Molière angered during his lifetime to deserve such ragtag biographical treatment, but let's hope Molière settles the debt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 9, 2007
Underplays its biggest opportunities for laughs, like the film is standing at the plate but unwilling to swing the bat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 26, 2007
Festooned with oodles of museum-worthy 17th century sets and costumes, Moliere is the sort of slightly naughty but literate frolic that congratulates the audience for its good taste; in other words, it's a bit of a snooze.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 27, 2007
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, better known as Molière, wrote more than 30 plays, every one of them a hundred times more witty and insightful than the movie Molière.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 10, 2007
As a piece of speculative biography, the movie is unpersuasive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 10, 2007
Woefully miscast as the seminal 17th-century French farceur Molière, the intense, black-maned young French movie star Romain Duris never seems more comfortable than the brief moments when he's rotting in a dank jail.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 24, 2007
Director and cowriter Laurent Tirard are clearly under the sway of Shakespeare in Love, but the talented Duris is miscast as the wily Moliere, and Moliere has none of Shakespeare's giddy charm.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 13, 2007
The film illuminates little about Molière himself, but what do you expect from a movie that has the depth of a kiddie pool?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
July 13, 2007
It's impossible to avoid comparison with Shakespeare in Love, which similarly made out that many of the great man's plays were really disguised autobiography; but the earlier film had a lightness of touch and variety of tone missing from this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 17, 2007
Lost in the exercise is any insight into Molière's writing or any relevance to today, making his achievements seem more frivolous -- and considerably less amusing -- than they actually were.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 7, 2007
Connoisseurs of Sun King-era costumes and decor are the most likely fans of this impeccably produced but unimaginative pseudo-biopic...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 10, 2007
Moliere hardly matches the clever mockery of its 17th century inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 13, 2007
Romain Duris may be a superb actor, but a light comedian he ain't. You need a very sweet tooth for this kind of thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 27, 2007
A well-played but ultimately superfluous assortment of your favorite Moliere scenes strung together by a thread-thin plot that emulates, but in no way replaces, the still-sparkling originals.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 10, 2007
In making a comedy about a writer famed for his perfectly tuned wit, the filmmakers have inspired other expectations. The result is as off-putting as biting into a confection in which the sugar has been replaced by salt.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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