Molière Reviews

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August 30, 2007
The unraveling of this same world, 100 years later, was portrayed in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, next to whose gilded atmosphere the merely glossy Molière looks like a work of naturalism.
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.
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.
August 24, 2007
It turns out that a deep appreciation of the human condition can be accomplished through comedy as much as through drama. At least that's what Moliere learns
August 23, 2007
An extravagant and thoroughly irresistible story of intrigue, romance, comedy and artistic inspiration.
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.
August 16, 2007
Like the playwright's comedies, at its best Moliere shows the depths beneath the archetypes.
August 16, 2007
The movie leaves initially cynical Molière believing in true love after all, the rock star undone by Hallmark.
August 11, 2007
If you've enjoyed Moliere's work, you'll enjoy the film.
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.
August 10, 2007
Moliere is an amusing mix of fact and fiction about the life of the brilliant 17th-century French playwright.
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 The result is as off-putting as biting into a confection in which the sugar has been replaced by salt.
August 10, 2007
Moliere hardly matches the clever mockery of its 17th century inspiration.
August 10, 2007
Through homage to Moliere's works and by the film's own example, [director] Tirard reminds us that comedy can provoke both laughter and thought.
August 10, 2007
As a piece of speculative biography, the movie is unpersuasive.
August 10, 2007
It nevertheless contains enough wit and charm to keep things humming along even when the plot threatens to bog down into a Gallic version of a typical episode of "Love American Style."
August 9, 2007
The two lead actors are a sight to behold: Romain Duris (Moliere), with his long chin, crooked mouth, asymmetrical moustache, and bewildered eyes, plays off the thin lips and boneless cheeks of Fabrice Luchini's Jourdain.
August 9, 2007
Director and co-writer Laurent Tirard's pleasant but tame approach to his birth-of-a-major-world-dramatist portrait has its virtues.
August 9, 2007
Underplays its biggest opportunities for laughs, like the film is standing at the plate but unwilling to swing the bat.
August 7, 2007
A blithe but satisfying French confection.
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