Molière Reviews

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November 17, 2011
May 13, 2009
January 18, 2008
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 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 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
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 The result is as off-putting as biting into a confection in which the sugar has been replaced by salt.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 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 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 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 26, 2007
Laura Morante proves once again that she is one of the most intelligent and attractive actresses in the world.
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