Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter)
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Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter)
This large, sprawling comedy directed by Robert Altman concerns a variety of romantic and personal intrigues that intersect against the backdrop of Paris's annual "Pret-a-Porter" fashion extravaganza. With 31 principal characters and a number of cameos from well known models, designers, actors and actresses, there's far too much going on to describe the film in a limited space, but Julia Roberts and Tim Robbins get stuck in a hotel room together, Danny Aiello wears a dress, Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni reignite their old passion (or at least try to), Stephen Rea… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though it credits Mr. Altman and Barbara Shulgasser as writers, this film seems practically scriptless, to the point where much of it plays like a first rehearsal."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Despite some delicious moments, this sluggish, overlong, halfhearted satire feels like a movie that wanted to go somewhere but never got there."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Robert Altman may be the most inconsistent American film director alive."
‑ Susan Tavernetti, Palo Alto Weekly
"Ready to Wear is to filmmaking what paper dresses were to fashion -- thin, trendy, and disposable."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"The picture is not a social satire. It's a mess."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"The spoof goes nowhere and takes a long time in doing so."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Altman's much-maligned comedy about the fashion industry deserves another look."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"So overblown, so full of itself and yet so exquisitely empty, that we're left wondering whether, in his haste to expose the Emperor's New Clothes, the artist has stopped near a mirror to check his own dangerously ephemeral finery."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
"Altman and his writer, former Chicago Sun-Times reporter Barbara Shulgasser, should have gone further and been meaner; too many of his jokes are generic slapstick, instead of being aimed squarely at industry's targets."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Sporadically amusing camp mess."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"It seems like a very long wait to get to the various punch lines."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"I got the feeling that Altman didn't really have any idea what he wanted to say with this film (which he later conceded in a TV interview)."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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