Molière Reviews

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August 6, 2007
Tirard presents Molière like a 17th century Woody Allen - a playwright who yearns to write drama when his forte is farce.
August 4, 2007
A delightful romp with an intriguing story that could have been cut by 30 minutes and not missed a beat.
August 4, 2007
Laurent Tirard gives us a delightful and witty costume piece about what might have happened in those never-accounted-for months.
August 3, 2007
Molière is a restful diversion, perhaps too restful, but still acceptable. And the actors go a long way toward bringing it off.
August 2, 2007
A conventional biopic would probably elide most of this period, which was before the pioneering satirist scandalized the establishment with plays like Tartuffe, but the disarming farce Molire, to its great credit, isn't really a biopic.
July 31, 2007
A sweet and silly comedy reminiscent of Shakespeare in Love, it's lushly filmed and gorgeously set and costumed.
July 27, 2007
What's missing, alas, is a greater sense of surprise that might keep the film from feeling somewhat rote.
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.
July 27, 2007
One of the year's best films to date.
July 27, 2007
A period piece enlivened with slapstick and mischievous wit.
July 27, 2007
This movie about the crucible of imagination has none of its own.
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.
July 27, 2007
The actors elevate what might have been fluff into a genuinely moving tale, and the action is so much fun that it doesn't even matter if you've seen Molière's plays before.
July 27, 2007
It may not be a brilliant act of speculative history, but it's a clever and respectable one.
July 27, 2007
July 26, 2007
Duris, so good in The Beat that My Heart Skipped, is simply marvelous here. His Molière is a complex creature of intelligence, insecurity, sincerity, obstinacy and burgeoning brilliance.
July 26, 2007
Laura Morante proves once again that she is one of the most intelligent and attractive actresses in the world.
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.
July 26, 2007
Molière is as much about the making of a patroness as it is about the gestation of artistic form, for it's she who eggs on the callow playwright to reinvent comedy as serious business with a powerful moral core.
July 24, 2007
An especially endearing attempt at the budding subgenre.
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