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Intolerable Cruelty Reviews

October 13, 2009
Here's an anomaly: a comedy about smart people.
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.
February 9, 2006
Inventive and hilarious.
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.
October 16, 2003
This dim-witted, mean-spirited and brain-dead calamity should surprise no one.
October 13, 2003
[T]here's a lot of problems with the script, and some of the stuff with Edward Herrmann I don't think works at all, it's not funny it just kind of falls flat. But Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones, I think they deliver enough to say it's worth seeing.
October 11, 2003
No different from most of the other dumb slapstick spoofs that pass for screwball comedy these days.
October 11, 2003
George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones square off deliciously, but this '30s-style battle of the sexes from the Coen brothers never catches fire.
October 10, 2003
In its nasty, blackhearted take on contemporary coupling and uncoupling, Intolerable Cruelty has the distant though unmistakable ring of truth.
October 10, 2003
Smart, silly, splenetic and a bit smug, it's a movie that might put a viewer's teeth on edge were it not for its winning lead performances.
October 10, 2003
Not brilliantly funny nor incisively clever, Intolerable Cruelty is still moderately satirical and laugh-out-loud enjoyable.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2003
If you're going to take comic aim at a target as big and obvious as Beverly Hills matrimonial combat, the least you can do is what Joel and Ethan Coen do in their neo-screwball anti-romantic comedy Intolerable Cruelty: spare no ammunition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 10, 2003
Wonderfully fluffy concoction.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 10, 2003
Too slick but amusing marital farce.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
October 10, 2003
Edward Herrmann gets a very funny part as a train-happy millionaire; Cedric the Entertainer pulls the movie in another direction as a streety private detective. And as Clooney's worshipful, weepy best friend, Paul Adelstein nearly steals the movie.
October 10, 2003
An intelligent, modern screwball comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 10, 2003
Harks back to the screwball comedies of Howard Hawks and Preston Sturges -- and owes much of its pizzazz to the spark-plug pairing of George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 10, 2003
If Intolerable Cruelty isn't a convincing love story, it's a hugely entertaining one.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2003
The movie simply isn't interesting.
Read More | Original Score: C
October 10, 2003
If Intolerable Cruelty establishes one thing, it's that George Clooney is the closest thing that contemporary Hollywood has to an old-fashioned matinee idol.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2003
An amiable romp of a movie, a romantic comedy in which romance is plundered and ridiculed while simultaneously longed for.
Read More | Original Score: B+
October 10, 2003
Watching Clooney's Miles and Zeta-Jones' Marylin eye each other is a simmering pleasure.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2003
It's determined to keep Clooney's considerable comedic skills front and center. He's never been looser, sexier, or more antic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2003
Clooney and Zeta-Jones make for a glamorous couple, and there is enough chemistry between them that you might find yourself wondering if Michael Douglas has a Miles Massey prenup.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2003
Better in its setup than in its resolution, Intolerable Cruelty nonetheless provides laughs and a fine comic performance from George Clooney.
Read More | Original Score: B
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
October 9, 2003
Little more than an exercise in mimicry, an empty if stylish exercise in mocking sendup.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 9, 2003
Testimony to the power of old-style star wattage.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 9, 2003
So clever, so funny, so suavely entertaining that it comes as a shock to realize that it's not nearly as satisfying as all those qualities would lead you to believe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
October 9, 2003
Clooney is definitely the man of these two hours. His portrait of a shark in love is a model of classy comic acting.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 9, 2003
There are laughs here aplenty, and sexy, goofy, off-the-cuff charm.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 9, 2003
As Miles Massey, Clooney brings an absurdist charm -- and some Cary Grant-like gestural hilarity.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 9, 2003
Rarely has strife between the sexes been so ruthless, so civilized, and so funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 9, 2003
Intolerable Cruelty isn't half as clever as most Coen films ... but it's much more likable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 9, 2003
Full of malicious fun, weirdness and enough star power to blast through any repetitiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 9, 2003
The Coens fail to give us a compelling reason why, if at all, we should invest ourselves in how things pan out.
October 9, 2003
Elegant, cheerfully cynical fun of the kind we used to get regularly from Billy Wilder, Howard Hawks and other masters of the classic Hollywood screwball comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 9, 2003
A display of two high-wattage stars sweating to enliven a paper-thin script that substitutes plot twists for an engaging story.
Read More | Original Score: C
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
October 8, 2003
To see Clooney tenderize, season, grill, and serve this ham hock of a role is to see an old-fashioned virtuoso in perpetual motion.
September 5, 2003
A broad farce that is long on manic, cartoonish behavior and short on intelligence and wit.
September 4, 2003
A thoroughly entertaining comedy about love, lawyers and fat divorce settlements.