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Easy Virtue Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 19, 2009
Echoing the words of the great Porter song, Easy Virtue deliciously misbehaves.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 29, 2009
[Director] Elliott had a choice in Easy Virtue, to turn away from the horror or face it. He takes his time, but he eventually does face it -- and delivers up a good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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
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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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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 28, 2009
Those coming in cold may be forgiven for thinking they've wandered into Atonement remade as a farce.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 28, 2009
Easy Virtue has enough traces of Coward's wit to keep you hoping for the first hour or so, but then the film collapses under the weight of too many misguided innovations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 28, 2009
Unusually for a play by Noel Coward, Love struggles while conquering All in Easy Virtue, a subversive view of British country-house society between the wars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 27, 2009
Jessica Biel in a teacup-rattling '20s period piece? With her lewd pinup grin and husky flat voice, she sticks out like a sore starlet in Easy Virtue -- but that's the whole point in this loosely 'freshened up' version of a NoŽl Coward play.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
May 26, 2009
Funny, but ordinary.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
May 26, 2009
Biel delivers the best performance of her young career.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 22, 2009
Goes down as light and fizzily as a flute of Champagne tossed back in an airy drawing room.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 22, 2009
The first Noel Coward play to hit the big screen in more than 40 years, Easy Virtue is a crass, heavy- handed and -- most unfor givably -- largely laugh-free adaptation of The Master's infrequently revived 1924 comic melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 22, 2009
The elegant barbed wit of Noel Coward bubbling up in a time of Wolverine grunts. I must be dreaming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 22, 2009
In its cold-eyed assessment of the English aristocracy Easy Virtue has none of the lurking Anglophilia found in Merchant-Ivory movies.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 22, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
May 21, 2009
We're primed for an old-fashioned cat fight, but director Stephan Elliot can't get more fangs from Biel than a kitten.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 21, 2009
The fizz falls flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
May 21, 2009
Easy Virtue needs a strong center to justify its celebration of American effrontery, and Biel lacks that prideful edge.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 20, 2009
All told, a sparkling, classy and ultimately satisfying experience.
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David Fear
Time Out
May 20, 2009
Coward's champagne-fizz lightness has never felt so labored; nothing here comes easy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
May 19, 2009
Stephan Elliott's deliciously cheeky screen adaptation of one of the satirist's lesser-known jabs at the British upper crust will charm your pants off.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 13, 2009
The laughter found in Easy Virtue requires a sophisticated cinematic palate, but for those who appreciate this sort of motion picture, it's a top-notch creation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
November 7, 2008
Overall, the film's never less than lively - with Kris Marshall a nifty scene-stealer as the wise butler - yet you do get the sense that greater discipline all round would have made even more of it. As it is, it's fizzy, but variable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
October 18, 2008
A fine cast makes sure Noel Coward's champagne remains bubbly in Easy Virtue, an effervescent entertainment.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 3, 2008
The film is a visual and verbal treat as Elliott prowls a stately home and its verdant, foggy grounds with an eye and an ear for puncturing pomposity in all its forms.