Easy Virtue Reviews

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November 18, 2011
September 23, 2009
A period piece that may play well with those who hate period pieces. [Blu-ray]
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 . . . .
September 4, 2009
This British drawing-room comedy feels awfully familiar but is redeemed by some tart performances.
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.
July 12, 2009
It's only a surprise if you haven't seen his other films.
June 30, 2009
Awkwardly conceived in a superficial reality that leaves its punch lines without much punch.
June 27, 2009
Biel's performance lacks the zing needed to jolt this comedy of manners.
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."
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.
June 22, 2009
...almost undone by the casting of thoroughly modern Jessica Biel.
June 21, 2009
Easy to like but hard to wholly recommend.
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.
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.
June 19, 2009
Echoing the words of the great Porter song, Easy Virtue deliciously misbehaves.
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.
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.
June 19, 2009
Will appeal only to Anglophiles who swoon at the sound of such words as 'codswallop'...
June 18, 2009
Sporadically engaging, Easy Virtue would do better swapping amusement for a more elusive quarry: truth.
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.
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