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Easy Virtue Reviews

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
September 23, 2009
A period piece that may play well with those who hate period pieces. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
September 11, 2009
Easy Virtue makes subtle comedy look easy. The ensemble is brilliant, and Noel Coward's play-brought-to-film is just good enough . . . .
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Pete Hammond
September 4, 2009
This British drawing-room comedy feels awfully familiar but is redeemed by some tart performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike Scott
July 17, 2009
A recent headline declared that [Jessica] Biel "is still trying to prove she's more than a pretty face." After Easy Virtue, she's still got something to prove.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 12, 2009
It's only a surprise if you haven't seen his other films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 30, 2009
Awkwardly conceived in a superficial reality that leaves its punch lines without much punch.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
June 27, 2009
Biel's performance lacks the zing needed to jolt this comedy of manners.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
June 26, 2009
Jessica Biel turns out to be up to the task of handling Coward's deliciously acidic lines and is well-matched with an impressive all-British cast in the sparkling "Easy Virtue."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
June 22, 2009
If Colin Firth and Kristin Scott Thomas firing snarky bon mots at people for 90 minutes doesn't sound entertaining, I don't know what to tell you.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
June 22, 2009
...almost undone by the casting of thoroughly modern Jessica Biel.
Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 21, 2009
Easy to like but hard to wholly recommend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
June 20, 2009
Biel holds her own with the seamless acting chops of Firth and Thomas. The movie benefits from a snappy musical score with familiar standout show tunes from Cole Porter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Mohan
June 19, 2009
Said husband, as well as the family's other members, are as bland and forgettable as the 1920s British cuisine on display.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 19, 2009
Echoing the words of the great Porter song, Easy Virtue deliciously misbehaves.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
June 19, 2009
In 1988, Sheridan Morley noted that Easy Virtue "remains of interest chiefly as Noel's elegant, laconic tribute to a lost world of drawing-room dramas." This gleefully inelegant movie tosses even that mild interest away.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
June 19, 2009
Biel is not completely miscast in this role of the Other in the drawing-room midst, but she exudes a thoroughly contemporary air that never jibes with the Twenties tenor of the English manor-born in the decade after the Great War.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 19, 2009
Will appeal only to Anglophiles who swoon at the sound of such words as 'codswallop'...
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 18, 2009
Sporadically engaging, Easy Virtue would do better swapping amusement for a more elusive quarry: truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 18, 2009
To say that her casting doesn't work is an understatement. And there's not nearly enough of Coward's biting wit on display here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 17, 2009
Stephan Elliott is back with a vengeance. He's also back with a movie that's not only a worthy successor to Priscilla, it may be even better.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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