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Easy Virtue Reviews

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Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
June 12, 2009
These are good actors telling a good story, so the virtue is indeed easy to grasp, and a fine time should be had by all.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
June 12, 2009
Engaging and well acted -- that rare period piece that refuses to yield to predictably stuffy interpretations of what does and doesn't constitute familial screen conflict in times gone by.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
June 11, 2009
Jessica Biel has such a contemporary sensibility that she's more than a fish-out-of-water in Noel Coward's 1920s comedy of manners and moral - she's a feminist-out-of-century.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
June 11, 2009
Biel still appears uncomfortable. She would do well to get more experience under her belt before reaching for a corset. If she caught any break, it's that Easy Virtue only pretends to be upscale cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 11, 2009
Easy Virtue has all the elements for a sprightly romp with serious underpinnings, and occasionally it achieves that balance. But it's marred by attempts at farce that are as belabored as they are ill-advised.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 11, 2009
A winning, witty fox trot through the Roaring 20s, when men were men, women were liberating themselves and the 'to the manner born' were losing their grip on their manners -- and manors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
June 11, 2009
Witty but uneven period piece has mature themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 10, 2009
Jessica Biel gets more publicity for her body and her boyfriend than for her acting ability, but Easy Virtue may be cause for a reassessment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
June 10, 2009
If Noel Coward had written Meet the Parents, it might look something like [this]: wickedly funny and also (or perhaps therefore) entirely free of poop jokes.
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 6, 2009
Biel's rather lumpen line readings aside it has enough stylish zest and laughs to make it an easy recommendation.
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
June 5, 2009
Breezily compensates for its minor flaws.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 5, 2009
Easy Virtue would like us to sympathize with the fresh-faced American, but the bitter, insult-spewing Brits are so much more entertaining that I was rooting for them.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Dan Zak
Washington Post
June 5, 2009
What might've been a scrumptious, chocolatey dessert of a movie -- a Noel Coward delite -- is instead a scoop of lemon ice, not filling, faintly sweet and mostly water.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 5, 2009
Full of forced jocularity and drawing-room hissy fits, with its cast parading around in vintage threads and antique cars, Easy Virtue is a close-to-insufferable souffle based on the 1925 Noel Coward play.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
June 4, 2009
It lumbers instead of dazzles, drags where it should feint and jab.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
June 4, 2009
Disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
June 4, 2009
I know it's a period piece, but the attitudes are dated to the point of being nonsensical. The actors seem to sense this, and ramp up their performances to fill the void.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
June 4, 2009
Stephan Eliott's Noel Coward adaptation hits a lilting comic gallop in '20s era England.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
June 3, 2009
Presumably the first NoŽl Coward adaptation feature a Billy Ocean song.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 3, 2009
While everyone won't agree with the approach...it does result in the sort of mildly amusing, feel-good period piece with an easy-to-swallow message that appeals to today's older audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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