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Easy Virtue Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
June 22, 2009
...almost undone by the casting of thoroughly modern Jessica Biel.
Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 29, 2009
Elliott nearly turns the whole affair into a musical, with characters singing snatches of Coward and Cole Porter songs. But his sense of humor is extremely broad.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
May 21, 2009
Too often Easy Virtue feels like a rough facsimile of many better drawing-room comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
May 26, 2009
Funny, but ordinary.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
May 17, 2009
Stephan Elliott is determined to contemporize a playwright whose rhythms, concerns, and craft are all permanently bonded to the '20s art of British sophisticated escapism, art being short for "artifice."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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May 28, 2009
There's supposed to be some distance between the main character and the family she marries into — but that distance probably shouldn't include acting styles.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 29, 2009
The only characters who seem anchored in some form of reality are the hero's parents...all the others, from siblings to servants, are standard-issue eccentrics or the subjects of running gags.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 22, 2009
Elliott keeps the mood spirited and breezy, and of course, there are lots of great lines, but those little modern touches suggest a lack of trust in the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 7, 2008
What did NoŽl Coward do to deserve Stephan Elliott's cackhanded film of his play Easy Virtue?
Peter Sobczynski
May 28, 2009
What should have been an entertaining diversion for audiences in the mood for an explosion-free evening at the movies instead turns out to be an excruciating misfire on virtually every level.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
May 29, 2009
Full of gorgeous architecture and sightlines but a bit too cold for comfort and with an all-too pervasive air of tedium.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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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.
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
November 7, 2008
Altogether a shambles, and perhaps uniquely in the Coward canon, it features not a single laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 23, 2009
A comedy that turns into a nasty work condemning the conventions of high society.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
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
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
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