Design for Living Reviews

June 6, 2019
The general effect is as if they suddenly realized that they're in a Noel Coward drama, and are stymied by the thought.
June 6, 2019
Ben Hecht moved Noel Coward's hoys from London to Chicago with fair results.
March 12, 2013
The "Lubitsch Touch," indeed: edged and between the ribs before you know it's being brandished.
March 15, 2012
It isn't [Lubitsch's] fleetest work, or most sustained, but it has moments of unbridled genius.
February 3, 2012
The dialogue is sharp without seeming too impeccably perfect to be real human speech.
January 7, 2012
Even when Lubitsch filmed a play by Noel Coward, he still made it his own. Design for Living doesn't feel like a celebrated play; it feels like a Lubitsch movie.
December 18, 2011
beneath the sublime surface of Lubitsch's best films beats a human heart full of recognizable desires, fears, flaws, and longings, which is precisely what sets his work apart from its sleazier, more mundane counterparts
December 15, 2011
A daring movie that satirizes sexual mores and heaps irony upon irony. If Hollywood tried to remake this movie today, they would probably take the mnage trois set-up and strip away all the depth.
October 21, 2011
An elegant romantic farce that seems heavy-handed when it's meant to be lighthearted.
July 27, 2011
For Lubitsch, the film would mark the end of his most creative period at Paramount (1929-1933) -- and a fine final bow it is.
August 26, 2009
Welcome to bohemia!
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
The script galumphs when it should glide.
February 26, 2003
Well, maybe it is a little lumpy for Lubitsch, but I think the film more than holds its own.
February 25, 2003
A qumica entre o trio principal tima, mas o roteiro, livremente adaptado a partir de uma pea de Noel Coward, jamais aproveita o potencial de seus personagens.