Intolerable Cruelty
Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 10, 2003
DVD Release Date: February 10, 2004
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though more mainstream than other Coen films, there are still funny oddball touches, and Clooney and Zeta-Jones sizzle like old-time movie stars.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Here's an anomaly: a comedy about smart people.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

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.

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Joel Siegel
Good Morning America

These stars not only light up the screen, they generate enough electricity to light up Times Square. Movies just don't get better.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

This dim-witted, mean-spirited and brain-dead calamity should surprise no one.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Screwball comedy for older teens and adults.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Inventive and hilarious.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

[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.

Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

A competent bit of work from which striking originality and idiosyncrasy have mostly been pruned away.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Screwball comedy. The words alone, so often said with admiration and esteem, the item itself so little seen, its akin to invoking "Shangri-La", and… More
Chris Weber
I am giving this a recommendation, but a minor one. The movie is uneven, and the script is quite weak, but the movie, like all Coen Bros. films, is still… More
Clintus Maximus
I was not expecting this gem; it was very funny and subtle in a way that only the Coen brothers can pull off. Its almost as entertaining as the Coens'… More
Melvin White
Miles Massey: I saw an ad in the paper. "No-fault divorce. Two week divorce without a lawyer". Made me sick to my stomach. No-fault divorce.… More
Candy Rose
Funny comedy about a divorce lawyer falling for a gold digger. Great chemistry between George and Catherine. George is brilliant at the slapstick comedy. Billy… More
Julie B
They usually manage to pull off the "pick a zany acting style" shtick, but it didn't quite work in this one.

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