De-Lovely (2004)



Critic Consensus: Musical numbers save movie from cliches.

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A musical portrait of American composer Cole Porter in which the musician looks back on his life as if it was one of his spectacular stage shows, with the people and events of his life becoming the actors and action onstage. Through elaborate production numbers Porter's elegant, excessive past comes to light--including his deeply complicated relationship with his wife and muse, Linda Lee Porter.
PG-13 (for sexual content)
Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Kevin Kline
as Cole Porter
Ashley Judd
as Linda Porter
Kevin McNally
as Gerald Murphy
Sandra Nelson
as Sara Murphy
Alan Corduner
as Monty Woolley
Allan Corduner
as Monty Woolley
Peter Polycarpou
as Louis B. Mayer
Keith Allen
as Irving Berlin
James Wilby
as Edward Thomas
Kevin Mckidd
as Bobby Reed
Richard Dillane
as Bill Wrather
Edward Baker-Duly
as Boris Kochno
Leopold Lemarchand
as Musical Performer
Angie Hill
as Ellin Berlin
Harry Ditson
as Dr. Moorhead
Tayler Hamilton
as Honoria Murphy
Lexie Peel
as Patrick Murphy
Greg Sheffield
as Boath Murphy
Peter Jessop
as Diaghilev
Susannah Fellows
as Mrs. L.B. Mayer
Teddy Kempner
as Stage Manager
Robbie Williams
as Performer
Lemar Obika
as Performer
Elvis Costello
as Perfomer
John Barrowman
as Perfomer
Sheryl Crow
as Perfomer
Mick Hucknall
as Perfomer
Diana Krall
as Perfomer
Vivian Green
as Perfomer
Lara Fabian
as Perfomer
Mario Frangoulis
as Perfomer
Natalie Cole
as Perfomer
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Critic Reviews for De-Lovely

All Critics (155) | Top Critics (42)

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The results ... are staid, with re-creations of Paris in the Jazz Age and Hollywood in its Golden Age that are like waxworks in motion.

August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

A wildly uneven musical biography of Cole Porter.

July 22, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

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Full Review… | July 20, 2004
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Porter's songs keep much the film afloat when, otherwise, it would have sunk. No matter how turgid or murky the movie becomes, when the music starts, you're flying.

July 16, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Not inept enough to make the composer spin in his grave ... but not insightful or clever enough to please the old boy, either.

Full Review… | July 16, 2004
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for De-Lovely

Nice movie....

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


The music, so vividly emphasized, made this film more of a musical in itself than a biopic of Cole Porter, a man whose life was riddled with rumors, infidelities, and the his love for his soulmate, Linda. In short, it was almost a musical written by Oscar Wilde.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

The acting and music are really good, but focuses way too much on his homosexual interests and weird-as-hell personal life. God bless Ashley Judd.

Derek Daniels
Derek Daniels

Super Reviewer

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