De-Lovely
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The public and private lives of famed songwriter Cole Porter are both explored in this musical drama, in which the aging Porter (played by Kevin Kline) looks back on his life while watching a rehearsal of a stage musical based on his story. As Porter compares notes on the play with director Gabe (Jonathan Pryce), he shares thoughts on his rise to fame in the mid-'20s, writing witty and sophisticated tunes for a string of successful Broadway musicals. Porter seemed to be living a charmed life when he met Linda Thomas (Ashley Judd), a beautiful American woman who, like Porter, was enjoying a… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

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"The results ... are staid, with re-creations of Paris in the Jazz Age and Hollywood in its Golden Age that are like waxworks in motion."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
"Not inept enough to make the composer spin in his grave ... but not insightful or clever enough to please the old boy, either."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Unfortunately, the film's post-modern staginess assists in keeping Porter endlessly at arm's length. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"More imagination than inquiry, this cautiously reverential tale reaches for aesthetic pleasure and emotion over insight."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"Elegante e esteticamente admirável, este musical é um pouco mais longo do que deveria, mas as belas canções e os complexos planos concebidos por Winker acabam compensando."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A wildly uneven musical biography of Cole Porter."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Entertaining. With more than 30 Cole Porter songs and an accomplished cast, how can it not be?"
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"Winkler indulges a large amount of screentime detailing these sexual leanings and complications, which disrupts the picture's balance between wannabe musical and straight up bio-pic."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"If you ignore the plot and just approach the flick as nothing more than a 21st century update of a Busby Berkeley-style musical, you will not be disappointed."
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"The production numbers recap Porter's life using his own music. The concept is nothing if not original but it's the execution that causes the greatest strife."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Porter's songs keep much the film afloat when, otherwise, it would have sunk. No matter how turgid or murky the movie becomes, when the music starts, you're flying."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"The story is sad. The music is witty, wary, impassioned and delightful. The balance is what makes De-Lovely special."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The music is de-lovely, but not much else is."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Performances crackling with an enthusiasm that indicates how much Porter's work continues to be loved and respected."
‑ Lisa Ann Cockrel, Christianity Today
"...employs a bizarre structure that makes it virtually impossible to connect with anything or anyone on screen."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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