Molière Reviews

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August 23, 2018
Molière has no redeeming qualities.
November 17, 2011
January 18, 2008
September 21, 2007
As the film picks up momentum, however, it becomes the story of an aimless young man who discovers his own brilliant wit and learns how to use it. As he gets closer to the scathing, fearless Moliere we know and love, so does the movie.
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?
September 12, 2007
There's not a single moment that you haven't already seen in a different, better period film.
September 7, 2007
It's like a breeze so slight it doesn't leave a tickle.
September 7, 2007
Connoisseurs of Sun King-era costumes and decor are the most likely fans of this impeccably produced but unimaginative pseudo-biopic...
September 4, 2007
Certainly attractive to look at, but what goes on in front of the manicured lawns and sumptuous seventeenth-century interiors is considerably less amusing than it might be.
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 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
The movie leaves initially cynical Molière believing in true love after all, the rock star undone by Hallmark.
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 The result is as off-putting as biting into a confection in which the sugar has been replaced by salt.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
As a piece of speculative biography, the movie is unpersuasive.
August 9, 2007
Underplays its biggest opportunities for laughs, like the film is standing at the plate but unwilling to swing the bat.
July 27, 2007
What's missing, alas, is a greater sense of surprise that might keep the film from feeling somewhat rote.
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