De-Lovely Reviews

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July 23, 2004
Like most Mexican food in Minnesota, De-Lovely is a bold idea, timidly executed.
July 23, 2004
It is stiff, lifeless and incomprehensibly dull.
July 23, 2004
Porter's lyrics and melodies still sparkle with the brilliance of bubbling champagne, but this movie biography is about as effervescent as swamp gas.
July 22, 2004
A wildly uneven musical biography of Cole Porter.
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?
July 20, 2004
By miscasting its two stars, De-Lovely falsifies Porter's story almost as much as Night and Day did.
July 20, 2004
July 20, 2004
The result is a collection of overblown, poorly integrated bits featuring performers who seem almost uniformly ill at ease in the Porter songbook and in the style of performance called for by the film.
July 20, 2004
The movie is but a pale imitation of Porter's amazing life. Here, it just looks, well, kind of interesting.
July 20, 2004
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.
July 16, 2004
Porter's music is made for movies, and just about anywhere else, but maybe the man himself wasn't.
July 16, 2004
Tells its story through conventional means, with leaden dialogue and few, if any, insights.
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.
July 16, 2004
This hybrid of psychological investigation, musical celebration and period drama is a muddle.
July 16, 2004
It's De-pressing -- a curiously static film that at times comes across as positively morose.
July 16, 2004
The tears start leaking--for all the wrong reasons, of course.
July 16, 2004
Kevin Kline sings less than perfect... It may be truer to life, but it does the music and ultimately the movie a disservice because these songs deserve to be sung well.
July 15, 2004
Never gets under your skin -- neither yours nor, for that matter, Cole Porter's.
July 15, 2004
Bungled, empty and tortuously constructed.
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