Irma La Douce
Irma La Douce (1963)

This romantic comedy opens with a resounding warning: its chief concerns are passion, bloodshed, desire, and death. "Everything," exclaims the narrator, "that makes life worth living." Irma La Douce (Shirley MacClaine)… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1963
DVD Release Date: September 18, 2001
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A good example of how a movie can be utterly characteristic of its maker and still fall with a resounding thud...

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Emanuel Levy

One of Billy Wilder's lesser films, Irma La Douce relies entirely on its two stars, Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, neither of whom is particularly good or funny, despite the masks and the accents.

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TV Guide

The movie was filmed on a 360-degree set so shooting could be done in any direction.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Wilder's soft-centred cynicism provides frequent enough laughs without too many longueurs.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Wilder somehow sustains the lively pace and humor for the two-and-a-half hour color comedy.

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Steve Crum

Wonderful story, stars (Lemmon & MacLaine), director (WIlder). And what a great Previn score.

Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Mr. Lemmon is little short of brilliant...

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Cole Smithey

Just great fun.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Though the saucy French soufflé has a few tasty moments it mostly sinks into being tasteless fare.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Stefanie C
This is a fun film, but it doesn't near comparison to wilder's work with the two stars in 'the apartment." ...but no one said that it… More
Greg S
In Paris, naive cop Patou (Jack Lemmon) falls in love with top prostitute Irma (Shirley MacClaine). The dialogue is witty and Lemmon shines at times, but even… More
Aj V
This is another really funny movie from WIlder, and starring the great Jack Lemmon. The story isn't new, and it's predictable sometimes, but that… More
Red Lats
This is a movie I heard about, but never saw until 2008. Can you have a prostitute who has a heart of gold and is proud of her work? Shirley MacLaine does a… More
Lady D'arbanville
A brilliant comedy starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley McClane where the charcters and situation escalate way out of control and have hilarious consequences. The… More
Byron Brubaker
Lou Jacobi played a good supporting role. I do really enjoy Billy Wilder's sense of humor. Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine are great actors. But,… More