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Intolerable Cruelty
Joel and Ethan Coen take on the classic battle-of-the-sexes screwball comedy with Intolerable Cruelty. George Clooney plays Miles Massey, a high-powered Los Angeles divorce lawyer nearing a midlife crisis . While representing wealthy client Rex Rexroth (Edward Herrmann), Miles meets his match in Rex's gold-digging wife, Marilyn Rexroth (Catherine Zeta-Jones). He's impressed by her similarly heartless ways of using marriage to fuel an expensive lifestyle, but he still defeats her in court. With Marilyn looking to get her revenge and Miles finding himself attracted to her, the two engage… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Here's an anomaly: a comedy about smart people."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"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."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Screwball comedy for older teens and adults."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The Coensâ(TM) first mainstream romantic comedy is a superb hijacking of an ailing art form -- short, sharp and frequently laugh-out-loud hilarious."
‑ Damon Wise, Empire Magazine
"A great movie."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Film Threat
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"This dim-witted, mean-spirited and brain-dead calamity should surprise no one."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"A competent bit of work from which striking originality and idiosyncrasy have mostly been pruned away."
‑ Thomas Peyser, Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
"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."
‑ Alan Dale,
"A fun romp, thanks largely to the deft work of its two leads."
‑ Ethan Alter, NYC Film Critic
"Inventive and hilarious."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"[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."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"This is the Coens dabbling in the mainstream, and bending it to their will."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Destined to rank among the Coens' least memorable achievements."
‑ Rick Kisonak, Film Threat
"[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."
‑ Louis-Jérôme Cloutier, Panorama
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