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Chéri Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 24, 2009
Frears and his Liaisons screenwriter, Christopher Hampton, give us a period piece in which the settings are fab, but the liaisons aren't dangerous, or even romantic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK
June 26, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Don Groves
December 31, 2010
Gallic liaisons that aren't especially dangerous - or intriguing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 23, 2009
The chemistry-free and inexplicable romantic relationship between the two lead characters causes a ripple effect that dooms the entire movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 26, 2011
Insubstantial bit of fluff, with whores sitting around dishing each other.
Giles Hardie
Sydney Morning Herald
July 27, 2009
Sadly the few good elements of Cheri only serve to highlight the films considerable inadequacies, and the only bedroom-based action it will inspire is a comforting nap, possibly before the end of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
July 2, 2009
There's no depth to the surface machinations, no sense that the central romance features fully formed individuals connecting on an elemental level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 26, 2009
Getting to see Michelle Pfeiffer in a big role is almost worth sitting though Cheri. But not quite.
| Original Score: 2/4
Robbie Collin
News of the World
September 29, 2010
Director Stephen Frears made a nice job of The Queen but this is 'King awful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
Pretty, yet uneven, Cheri could have been much more had the details in its story matched that in its production design.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
June 29, 2009
Michelle Pfeiffer is quite good, but the script leaves Kathy Bates -- talented as she is -- with a bit of a cartoonish performance.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
June 29, 2009
Where is the passion? Where is the heat?
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Nicolas Rapold
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine
June 25, 2009
Cheri strikes a jarring note right from the start.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Duff
FILMINK (Australia)
July 22, 2009
A disappointing script lets down the film despite its lavish costuming and consummate cast.
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
June 26, 2009
All the frilly hats, teasingly lit sex and delicious turns of phrases can't inject this adaptation of Colette's novel with enough drama to sustain its tight running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 26, 2009
In Chéri you see the frailty and the strength, yet you rarely experience either with the depth of feeling you might because of the palpable uneasiness surrounding her performance.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Cole Smithey
June 19, 2009
Stephen Frears's adaptation of two combined Colette novels, never takes hold due to a myopic screenplay by Christopher Hampton, and from a severely misjudged performance from Kathy Bates that threatens to sink the film whenever her distinctly non-British
Full Review | Original Score: C
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
May 8, 2009
Intrusive narration from Frears doesn't help and the fact that Cheri is such a drip makes the all-consuming nature of the romance hard to swallow. The film just can't match the elegance and wit that come so effortlessly to Pfeiffer.
Geoff Berkshire
June 25, 2009
The movie looks beautiful but the story suffers, largely because the bond between Cheri and Lea is never particularly credible or compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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