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Amandine Aurore Lucie Dupin, better known in the literary world as George Sand, not only took a man's name, but trotted around wearing pants and smoking cigars in public. No great shakes today, but in the 1800s she was perhaps the most famous (or infamous) woman in the world. One of the first original celebrities, aside from her garb and literary output, she was known to inspire many duels and broken hearts among other famous hedonist artists. One character describes her in Impromptu, as "that graveyard." The film engages in a sexual roundelay among Sand's (Judy Davis) many… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Anna Massey, who appears fleetingly as Sand's mother, offers a demonstration of how to make an overpoweringly fine impression in only a few minutes' time."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Director James Lapine pushes the story to its entertaining fullest, exuding a period-costumed sense of fun."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"It's mildly funny, mildly dramatic, and well-acted enough."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Despite all this assembled talent, the film stubbornly refuses to come to life."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A blissfully high-spirited romp about the circle of writers and musicians in 1830s Paris."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"All the primary players are wonderful."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"A disorganized, confusing but amusing biopic."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A rather conventional romantic comedy, with the requisite plot devices to provide obstacles for the would-be lovers, but the story is well told."
‑ David Conner, Apollo Guide
"As a salon full of characters, Impromptu provides great fly on the wall fun."
‑ Kathleen Maher, Austin Chronicle
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