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Design for Living Reviews

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March 12, 2013
The "Lubitsch Touch," indeed: edged and between the ribs before you know it's being brandished.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 15, 2012
It isn't [Lubitsch's] fleetest work, or most sustained, but it has moments of unbridled genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
February 3, 2012
The dialogue is sharp without seeming too impeccably perfect to be real human speech.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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 ménage à trois set-up and strip away all the depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 26, 2009
Welcome to bohemia!
February 26, 2003
Well, maybe it is a little lumpy for Lubitsch, but I think the film more than holds its own.
October 21, 2011
An elegant romantic farce that seems heavy-handed when it's meant to be lighthearted.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
The script galumphs when it should glide.
February 25, 2003
A química entre o trio principal é ótima, mas o roteiro, livremente adaptado a partir de uma peça de Noel Coward, jamais aproveita o potencial de seus personagens.
| Original Score: 3/5
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