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Intolerable Cruelty Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 10, 2003
A frustratingly sharp misfire that comes close to being hilarious but never quite clicks in its pacing, timing or tone.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 10, 2003
Joel and Ethan are bounteously gifted filmmakers, but sometimes you just want them to lay off the irony and climb down here with the groundlings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Victoria Alexander
October 8, 2003
Oh yeah, divorce is hysterical.
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Brian Orndorf
October 12, 2003
Why didnâ(TM)t I laugh more than once?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 10, 2003
It's a kind of lopsided The Awful Truth (1937)... And even though the Coens are capable of such hilarity, the choppy Intolerable Cruelty never gets anywhere near it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Null
October 8, 2003
Give the same script to Nora Ephron and the end result probably wouldn't have been much different.
| Original Score: 3/5
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+
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
October 7, 2003
Color me disappointed. I see Coens beneath the title and I expect quality black comedy.
| Original Score: 1/4
Arthur Lazere
October 9, 2003
Reeks with the stale sweat of desperate writers
Rob Blackwelder
October 9, 2003
Had Clooney and Zeta-Jones been blessed with more lively, head-butting, memorably quotable give-and-take, Intolerable Cruelty could have been a sublime romantic dark comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 13, 2003
The Coens just couldn't nail this one down.
Full Review | Original Score: C +
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
October 14, 2003
Occasionally cruel and almost entirely intolerable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 8, 2003
I cannot detect a heartbeat of feeling, no matter how close I press a stethoscope against the star machinery of George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
October 9, 2003
There are obvious Coen touches, comic Post-it notes from the underground that have a 'Kilroy was here' feel. But mostly, killjoy was here.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 9, 2003
Little more than an exercise in mimicry, an empty if stylish exercise in mocking sendup.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 22, 2003
...the movie eventually takes a dark turn that it's never quite able to recover from.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
October 9, 2003
Rather than extending their talents in directions suggested by the excellently accessible The Big Lebowski and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the Coen brothers pillage their back catalog.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 16, 2004
[Ce film] est tout ce que l'on ne veut pas voir les Coen faire dans leur futur, mais aussi le genre de comédie romantique que l'on souhaiterait voir plus souvent.
| Original Score: C+
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