De-Lovely (2004)

A musical portrait of American composer Cole Porter in which the musician looks back on his life as if it was one of his spectacular stage shows, with the people and events of his life becoming the actors and action onstage. Through… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 2, 2004
DVD Release Date: December 21, 2004
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Musical numbers save movie from cliches.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

Not inept enough to make the composer spin in his grave ... but not insightful or clever enough to please the old boy, either.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Unfortunately, the film's post-modern staginess assists in keeping Porter endlessly at arm's length. [Blu-ray]

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A wildly uneven musical biography of Cole Porter.

Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

Entertaining. With more than 30 Cole Porter songs and an accomplished cast, how can it not be?

Brian Orndorf

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.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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.

Tom Long
Detroit News

The story is sad. The music is witty, wary, impassioned and delightful. The balance is what makes De-Lovely special.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

The music is de-lovely, but not much else is.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Nice movie....
Lafe Fredbjornson
A sad movie. Not my favorite type of music. It's well acted by Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd.
Spencer S.
The music, so vividly emphasized, made this film more of a musical in itself than a biopic of Cole Porter, a man whose life was riddled with rumors,… More
jay nixon
good performances and of course great music but the story just a little less fictional than the one told in Night and Day
Derek Daniels
The acting and music are really good, but focuses way too much on his homosexual interests and weird-as-hell personal life. God bless Ashley Judd.
Tom Ericksen
I was particularly impressed that Kevin did his own singing