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De-Lovely Reviews

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Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
May 25, 2004
Winkler and Cocks almost convince us that, despite his secrets, success and tortured later life, Porter is not interesting enough to warrant big-screen treatment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 16, 2004
This hybrid of psychological investigation, musical celebration and period drama is a muddle.
| Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 1, 2004
De-Lovely is Di-Sapointing.
| Original Score: C+
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
The music is de-lovely, but not much else is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
July 16, 2004
It's De-pressing -- a curiously static film that at times comes across as positively morose.
| Original Score: C
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
July 6, 2004
De-lovely might be decorous, but it falls significantly short of its own lofty artistic intents... in short, was should have been de-lightful is barely mediocre.
Full Review | Original Score: C
James Rocchi
July 8, 2004
Cole Porter biopic has flair and great tunes, but it's a little short on the facts of the great songsmith's life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 23, 2004
Like most Mexican food in Minnesota, De-Lovely is a bold idea, timidly executed.
| Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
July 21, 2004
Keeps making the point that Cole Porter was a fun-loving, carefree man-about-town -- but if that's true, then how come his life seems so dull?
Full Review | Original Score: C
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
June 23, 2004
The Porter's sexless marriage means the film is sexless.
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Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
July 2, 2004
De-Lovely is worth a rental if only to learn more about Porter's wonderful music and to see two very fine performances from Kline and Judd.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
July 1, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Brian Orndorf
May 3, 2011
Winkler indulges a large amount of screentime detailing these sexual leanings and complications, which disrupts the picture's balance between wannabe musical and straight up bio-pic.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
July 20, 2004
By miscasting its two stars, De-Lovely falsifies Porter's story almost as much as Night and Day did.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 2, 2004
The songs are too plentiful, even for a musical, and pop up with no discernible rhyme or reason -- they aren't performed in chronological order and often fail to fit even the mood of a scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 2, 2004
Kevin Kline does a fine job portraying Porter as he's written. But the script is missing much of the complexity and some of the humanity of the composer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 2, 2004
It's afraid to move too far one way or the other. For a movie about the man who wrote "Let's Misbehave," there's an awful lot of behaving going on here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Sobczynski
Critic Doctor
June 29, 2004
A film that wants to break molds but lacks the ambition and nerve to do so.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
July 23, 2004
It is stiff, lifeless and incomprehensibly dull.
| Original Score: 2/4
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