Easy Virtue Reviews

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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 12, 2009
It's only a surprise if you haven't seen his other films.
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 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
Echoing the words of the great Porter song, Easy Virtue deliciously misbehaves.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 11, 2009
Witty but uneven period piece has mature themes.
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.
June 6, 2009
Biel's rather lumpen line readings aside it has enough stylish zest and laughs to make it an easy recommendation.
June 5, 2009
Breezily compensates for its minor flaws.
June 4, 2009
Stephan Eliott's Noel Coward adaptation hits a lilting comic gallop in '20s era England.
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.
June 3, 2009
I'll take a fox hunt over a car chase any day!
May 29, 2009
The comedy of manners is loosely based on the Noel Coward play, so it's all fast women and quick Brit wit -- not to mention the gorgeous costumes and settings of an opulent period piece.
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