Easy Virtue Reviews

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May 22, 2009
Goes down as light and fizzily as a flute of Champagne tossed back in an airy drawing room.
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.
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.
May 22, 2009
The elegant barbed wit of Noel Coward bubbling up in a time of Wolverine grunts. I must be dreaming.
May 22, 2009
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.
May 21, 2009
The fizz falls flat.
May 21, 2009
Easy Virtue needs a strong center to justify its celebration of American effrontery, and Biel lacks that prideful edge.
Top Critic
May 20, 2009
All told, a sparkling, classy and ultimately satisfying experience.
May 20, 2009
Coward's champagne-fizz lightness has never felt so labored; nothing here comes easy.
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.
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.
March 13, 2009
It is a sure-footed, entertaining period piece, a revamp of a Noel Coward play from the '20s that never takes itself too seriously, yet never treats its source material with contempt.
March 13, 2009
There are some very ragged segues but thanks to Biel's sparkle and Firth's unexpected flair for the tango, honesty finally trumps hypocrisy and the pacey ending sends you out on a high.
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.
November 7, 2008
But worst of all is the incessant, unbearably smug soundtrack that drills its way into your brain like a parasite.
November 7, 2008
Firth and Biel perform a rather elegant tango together, which cheers things up a little, but this is a heavy-footed affair.
November 7, 2008
It amounts to much ado about almost nothing. But that may be the result of Elliott's attempt to make it entertaining rather than plausible.
October 18, 2008
A fine cast makes sure Noel Coward's champagne remains bubbly in Easy Virtue, an effervescent entertainment.
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.
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