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Kevin A. Ranson
January 2, 2004
The operative word in this film is 'restrained.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
December 31, 2003
A conventional Hollywood comedy boasting a bolder indie heart, the film essentially combines the worst of both worlds.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
December 3, 2003
The film has a lot going for it - a gem of a premise and one of the most outrageous laughs tucked into a movie this year - but it ultimately comes up short.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
November 14, 2003
It has some good gags, but then so did The Wedding Singer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Keyes
November 5, 2003 does live up to its title by being both cruel and intolerable, although not necessarily in the redeeming ways one might hope for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
November 4, 2003
It perpetrates such whimsy, such loopy wordplay, such manifest absurdity, that one is liable afterward to forget everything about it, except that it made one laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ben Walters
Sight and Sound
November 4, 2003
Stands up fine as Friday-night fun and if the aim were to produce a slice of escapist entertainment then it can be said to succeed, if not excel.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 4, 2003
Clooney, in one of his best screen turns to date, exhibits the right degree of screwball aptitude.
| Original Score: 3/4
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
November 1, 2003
This time, having found in Sturges a sensibility which chimes with their own, they've got a winner.
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
October 30, 2003
Unlike Steve Martin's portraits of LA, "Intolerable Cruelty" doesn't find the loneliness beneath the sheen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Nitrate Online
October 28, 2003
"Intolerable Cruelty merely resembles a typical Hollywood love story embellished with a few signature Coen touches."
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
October 25, 2003
Darkly funny and oh-so-wicked, "Intolerable Cruelty" is quirky diversion that will appeal to fans of other Coen brothers films.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
October 24, 2003
Like a Hollywood marriage itself, 'Intolerable Cruelty' is seductive for the moment but the affection doesn't last.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
October 24, 2003
The structure of the film soon hardens into a boilerplate shape, notwithstanding certain details of image or character that jut out at odd angles.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Paul Arendt
October 24, 2003
'A perfect antidote to the sticky sentiment of your average romantic comedy.'
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 23, 2003
The Coen Brothers do provide enough of a diversion with bits and pieces of wacko casting, and with the deranged details of dress and makeup of their fleeting gargoyles, to make the proceedings at least moderately amusing.
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
October 23, 2003
Watching Clooney and Zeta-Jones interact is suitably fun, and neither of them is exactly hard on the eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
October 22, 2003
A pretty much paint by numbers job, but Clooney and the divine Ms. Jones have great chemistry and timing and successfully manage to wrestle the script to the ground.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 22, 2003
A frequently hilarious screwball comedy about the battle between the sexes, which here all boils down to one thing: money.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
October 22, 2003
While it's not nearly as beguiling as the Coen's last pic, the uncanny The Man Who Wasn't There, Cruelty is still a brisk hoot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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