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Le Divorce Reviews

August 29, 2003
Quite le drag.
August 22, 2003
This is an insignificant film with a passably entertaining premise that goes wildly to hell the instant it strays from its comic ideals with brief, unsatisfying detours into the realms of art and high-end lingerie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 22, 2003
It is a well-dressed film filled with thought and sly observations.
Read More | Original Score: B
August 21, 2003
It pokes along like a Renault on an interstate, lacking drama or momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 20, 2003
It's all perfectly pleasant, but the movie lacks an urgent dramatic pulse, or a clear sense of whose story it's supposed to be, or even, from scene to scene, whether it's meant to be a comedy, drama or thriller.
Read More | Original Score: C+
August 15, 2003
A delightful blend of American sensibility and French chaos in a movie that is sunny, surprising and consistently entertaining.
August 15, 2003
The film comes up short on insight into its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 15, 2003
A charming, always-engaging comedy of manners.
Read More | Original Score: B-
August 15, 2003
For all that talent, and the lovely source material, there is something plodding about this comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 15, 2003
Mostly Le Mediocre.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 15, 2003
A decidedly mixed affair that wavers between hopeless melodrama and bland comedy of manners, scoring few points in either area.
Read More | Original Score: C
August 12, 2003
Characters are left half-developed or undeveloped so that as much plot as possible can be crammed into two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 11, 2003
... a flat comedy/melodrama combo filled with stereotypes about snooty French and gauche Americans.
August 8, 2003
Features a number of very good performances.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 8, 2003
A relaxed delight, a series of delicately tongue-in- cheek musings about the clash between American and French cultures.
August 8, 2003
Should have been a smart bit of cinematic froth but instead sinks like an overworked souffle.
August 8, 2003
The nuances of French and American cultural differences feel as imperviously old-hat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 8, 2003
Breezy pleasure, complete with cultural commentary that never quite stings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 8, 2003
Ivory's direction is so polished and smooth and full of smart observations that I never found my attention lagging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 8, 2003
Those who haven't read the book won't know what they're missing, and indeed will probably enjoy what they find here.
August 8, 2003
Though not as witty or accomplished as you'd expect from its pedigree, Le Divorce provides welcome relief from the lame-brained trash Hollywood has foisted on the public this summer.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 8, 2003
Feels like a period film in clumsy modern-day dressup.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 8, 2003
If you are familiar with France and have a love-hate affair with that most cryptic of nations, you are likely to enjoy the movie from moment to moment, whether or not it adds up for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 8, 2003
The boorish jokes about clueless Americans and ridiculous Frenchies are presented without finesse or point.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 8, 2003
For me, the best reason to see this movie is that in the midst of her amusement Johnson feels sympathy and admiration for both cultures, and for all its glitz, the adaptation preserves and extends the same sentiments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 7, 2003
A film in which the City of Light's seductions and perils are as dimmed as the novelist's point and purpose.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 7, 2003
Entertaining as an adult romantic comedy, but then it switches gears to become a silly suspense thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 7, 2003
A thin and unsatisfying concoction that somehow manages to make one of the richest and most durable sources of culture-clash comedy into an occasion for dullness.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 7, 2003
Starting with the artistic opening credits, it's an elegant film with literate dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 7, 2003
Somehow lacks lightness and weight.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 7, 2003
It isn't often that the Merchant-Ivory team ... misses the spirit of a good book this badly.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 7, 2003
Deliciously droll.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 7, 2003
The script by Ivory and Jhabvala ... has removed all sense of nuance, which was what the original story was all about -- language, manners and the subtle degrees of attitude that mark one as French or American.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 7, 2003
On the evidence of their new film, taking [Merchant-Ivory- Jhabvala] out of the hushed, brocaded drawing rooms of the past and into a more pop present brings a touch of sorely needed pep and froth to an oeuvre becalmed in solemn good taste.
August 6, 2003
The Merchant -Ivory -Jhabvala triumvirate has once more scaled the heights of the 'cinema of manners' achieved in their repertoire of picture-perfect period pieces.
August 6, 2003
A modern-day Merchant Ivory film, one of those blurry anachronistic duds.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 5, 2003
Entranced by the natives, Le Divorce reduces the knowing ditziness of Johnson's novel to vapid, exchange-student wonderment.
July 31, 2003
A bonbon spiked with delicious wit and malice.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 25, 2003
Utterly charming and not without those subtle insights into character and culture that mark [Merchant Ivory's] best films.