De-Lovely - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

De-Lovely Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
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.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 22, 2004
A wildly uneven musical biography of Cole Porter.
| Original Score: C+
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 20, 2004
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 16, 2004
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
July 16, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
July 16, 2004
Entertaining. With more than 30 Cole Porter songs and an accomplished cast, how can it not be?
| Original Score: B-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 16, 2004
The story is sad. The music is witty, wary, impassioned and delightful. The balance is what makes De-Lovely special.
| Original Score: B+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 16, 2004
Porter's music is made for movies, and just about anywhere else, but maybe the man himself wasn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 16, 2004
Tends to be abstract when it needs to be literal, staid when it should be salacious, and self-conscious when it should find a natural rhythm.
| Original Score: C+
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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
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
July 15, 2004
Never gets under your skin -- neither yours nor, for that matter, Cole Porter's.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
July 15, 2004
Bungled, empty and tortuously constructed.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 15, 2004
What worse hell could a showman endure than a tin-eared procession of his greatest hits?
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 9, 2004
It is my sad duty to tell you it is wooden, artificial, contrived, infuriating and as phony as an invitation to bring along a tape recorder to dinner with J.D. Salinger.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 9, 2004
If for no other reason (and there are assuredly other reasons), I recommend De-Lovely to my readers for its honorable role in opening another door to our ridiculously repressed past.
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July 9, 2004
This elegant production beautifully captures a time and place that no longer exists -- and perhaps never did -- except in song.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 2, 2004
Surprisingly uninvolving.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 2, 2004
The movie has the air of something that's been in the morgue's icebox for a week.
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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
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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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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 2, 2004
Visually, De-Lovely is a treat; the costumes and colors are lavish and intricate, with the movie occasionally fading elegantly into art deco black and white.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
July 2, 2004
Director Irwin Winkler's highly stylized technique is difficult to connect with emotionally.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 2, 2004
It's hard to imagine the real Porter sitting still for this kind of film.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
July 2, 2004
De-Lovely twinkles and glows, but all the surface razzle-dazzle fails to mask the emptiness at its core.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 2, 2004
Despite that gaffe and the underwhelming singing of a couple of pop stars on the soundtrack, De-Lovely has much de-loveliness about it.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
July 2, 2004
Better than a root canal, marginally superior to Gigli, but bad enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 2, 2004
The movie contains more music than most musicals, yet is not a concert film because the songs seem to rise so naturally out of the material and illuminate it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 2, 2004
Thoughtful, creative, and generally worthy of its subject, with sins that are more of ambition and miscalculation than of execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
July 1, 2004
De-lousy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 1, 2004
You have the creepy sense of watching adult children (with the singular exception of Mr. Kline, who can surmount any disaster) dressed up in period costume at a school pageant.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
July 1, 2004
A refreshing change from Hollywood's typical wages-of-sin sermon.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 1, 2004
Like a Porter song, De-Lovely has melancholy, wit and style to burn.
| Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
July 1, 2004
The kind of escapist entertainment that has one hunting for an escape route.
| Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 30, 2004
As a bio-pic, De-Lovely is pretty standard, run-of-the-mill stuff. However, as a 'best hits' collection of Cole Porter's music, it is unparalleled.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 30, 2004
It's hard not be entertained by two dozen of Cole's best, sung winningly, if not always brilliantly, by a company that includes Alanis Morissette, Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow and (the best, fittingly) Natalie Cole.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 30, 2004
If you're a Cole Porter fan you might like the songs in De-Lovely, but as a portrait of an unusual marriage it's de-lumbering, de-liberate and de-cidedly flat.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 30, 2004
Something dishy and rare: a biopic about a happy, and even enchanted, man.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 29, 2004
Spike Jones or 'Weird Al' Yankovic could scarcely have been more jarring than the gaggle of preening pop stars invited to camp on the classics.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
June 28, 2004
You enter a movie with that title, prepared to be enchanted. You straggle out a couple of hours later, lost in a fog of gloom.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 28, 2004
Director Irwin Winkler has a veteran's appreciation for show business, and he confidently chronicles Porter's rise to fame and fortune -- and his physical and career setbacks.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 17, 2004
In voice, manner, patrician charm and private torment, Kevin Kline is perfection as legendary composer Cole Porter.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 24, 2004
Keeping it all alive through all the dramatic ups and down, and limited psychological and emotional complexity, is Kline.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 24, 2004
The numbers are staged with wit and style.