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Intolerable Cruelty Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Screwball comedy for older teens and adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 13, 2009
Here's an anomaly: a comedy about smart people.
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
May 6, 2008
A competent bit of work from which striking originality and idiosyncrasy have mostly been pruned away.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 7, 2007
The Coens do an efficient job of stamping their signature grotesquerie on sumptuous Beverly Hills and Las Vegas settings and ladling on gallows humor and malice, sometimes with the verve of early Robert Zemeckis.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
September 24, 2007
This is the Coens dabbling in the mainstream, and bending it to their will.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Damon Wise
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
The Coensâ(TM) first mainstream romantic comedy is a superb hijacking of an ailing art form -- short, sharp and frequently laugh-out-loud hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org
September 26, 2006
As Miles, Clooney doesn't make any direct emotional appeal to the audience and yet his high style is so smashingly effective that Miles stands open to us: macher, lover, patsy.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Inventive and hilarious.
Chris Barsanti
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
A great movie.
| Original Score: 4/5

Bullz-Eye.com
July 5, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 5, 2005
A fun romp, thanks largely to the deft work of its two leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
The script is whip-smart. The Coens come closer to the zaniness of their greatest comedy, Raising Arizona, then they have in all of their movies since then.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
October 7, 2004
Despite the inconsistent script and low tone, this has many funny moments. If you can forget the negative view it takes of mankind, itâ(TM)s entertaining because of the performances of Clooney, Zeta Jones, and the rest of the cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Mark Collette
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
September 20, 2004
The Coens ... have taken a typically trite target for ridicule and splayed it out for an attack from outer space, where Coen brothers scripts tend to originate.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
February 1, 2004
Half the pleasure of Intolerable Cruelty is watching the Coens play it safe
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
January 15, 2004
A date-movie with brain cells.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
January 15, 2004
Viewers won't feel like they've been dealt with too cruelly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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-
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
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.
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