Easy Virtue Reviews

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November 18, 2011
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.
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 22, 2009
...almost undone by the casting of thoroughly modern Jessica Biel.
June 21, 2009
Easy to like but hard to wholly recommend.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 4, 2009
It lumbers instead of dazzles, drags where it should feint and jab.
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