De-Lovely Reviews

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May 8, 2011
Unfortunately, the film's post-modern staginess assists in keeping Porter endlessly at arm's length. [Blu-ray]
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.
December 22, 2010
The music is de-lovely, but not much else is.
November 20, 2008
July 14, 2007
April 1, 2006
February 20, 2005
...employs a bizarre structure that makes it virtually impossible to connect with anything or anyone on screen.
February 2, 2005
Emotionally week and distant, like watered-down soup. It provides poor nourishment.
November 27, 2004
...if I didn't already enjoy the composer's music, this movie would never have swayed to like it.
November 13, 2004
The least you can expect from a film celebrating a witty and stylish personality like Cole Porter is to be witty and stylish. But, alas, De-Lovely is neither.
October 15, 2004
De-Lovely's pedestrian aesthetic choices and conventional point of view sit awkwardly within its semi-experimental framework.
October 6, 2004
October 6, 2004
It's very, very bad, and not even in a nice, campy Showgirls way.
September 19, 2004
A misguided clunker that borders on being offensive.
September 15, 2004
... more of a production than a portrait.
August 18, 2004
"De-Lovely" is missing the passion and brio it needs to function on a level that best befits its iconic subject -- clever, witty and seemingly effortless in its creation.
August 7, 2004
Routine biopic of legendary American composer Cole Porter.
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.
July 29, 2004
Winkler's technique is to proceed a scene of Porter experiencing something with a scene of a song performance that's inspired by that event. Rinse. Repeat.
July 23, 2004
...isn't simply a musical revue. It's also a biography, and that's where it's not so pretty.
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