Impromptu (1991)

Judy Davis stars as French novelist George Sand in this romantic comedy, set among a loose-knit society of writers, artists and composers living in mid-19th century Europe. After converging on the country estate of the Duke and Duchess… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 12, 1991
DVD Release Date: March 19, 2002
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Director James Lapine pushes the story to its entertaining fullest, exuding a period-costumed sense of fun.

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David Conner
Apollo Guide

A rather conventional romantic comedy, with the requisite plot devices to provide obstacles for the would-be lovers, but the story is well told.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Despite all this assembled talent, the film stubbornly refuses to come to life.

Hal Hinson
Washington Post

A blissfully high-spirited romp about the circle of writers and musicians in 1830s Paris.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

It's mildly funny, mildly dramatic, and well-acted enough.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A disorganized, confusing but amusing biopic.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Most of the hearty laughs are packed into the first half, but the more focused second part maintains interest as it cannily explores the topic of role reversals.

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Kathleen Maher
Austin Chronicle

As a salon full of characters, Impromptu provides great fly on the wall fun.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
"Impromptu" is fun to watch. Even more impressive is that it is based on fact.
Robert C
Just rewatched this film, after not having scene it in years and I have to say it still holds up very well. I really enjoyable romp with a cast that is to… More
Jim Hunter
George Sand courts Chopin amid 19th Century social conventions including duels and the oppression of women. A lush costume drama with strong performances by… More
jay nixon
Terrible and pretentious.
Kevin M. Williams
Suppose for a moment that the basis of all good art (or bad art for that matter ... let's just say Art) was the hot flush of Love's Sweet Call (or… More
Dean McKenna
Judy Davis and Hugh Grant do awesome performances as the female novelist with the men's pants and stylish cigars and the Polish composer, pianist, and… More