Le Divorce Reviews

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August 8, 2003
Ivory's direction is so polished and smooth and full of smart observations that I never found my attention lagging.
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.
August 8, 2003
Feels like a period film in clumsy modern-day dressup.
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.
August 8, 2003
The boorish jokes about clueless Americans and ridiculous Frenchies are presented without finesse or point.
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.
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.
August 7, 2003
Entertaining as an adult romantic comedy, but then it switches gears to become a silly suspense thriller.
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.
August 7, 2003
Starting with the artistic opening credits, it's an elegant film with literate dialogue.
August 7, 2003
Somehow lacks lightness and weight.
August 7, 2003
It isn't often that the Merchant-Ivory team ... misses the spirit of a good book this badly.
August 7, 2003
Deliciously droll.
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.
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.
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.
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