De-Lovely Reviews

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September 14, 2004
There are enough glorious songs, energetically warbled by a host of modern pop stars, to keep us enthralled.
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 22, 2004
A wildly uneven musical biography of Cole Porter.
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.
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
Entertaining. With more than 30 Cole Porter songs and an accomplished cast, how can it not be?
July 16, 2004
The story is sad. The music is witty, wary, impassioned and delightful. The balance is what makes De-Lovely special.
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
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 15, 2004
Never gets under your skin -- neither yours nor, for that matter, Cole Porter's.
July 15, 2004
Bungled, empty and tortuously constructed.
Top Critic
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.
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.
July 9, 2004
This elegant production beautifully captures a time and place that no longer exists -- and perhaps never did -- except in song.
July 2, 2004
Surprisingly uninvolving.
July 2, 2004
The movie has the air of something that's been in the morgue's icebox for a week.
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.
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.
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.
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