Molière (2007)

In 1645, the French playwright and actor Jean-Baptiste Poquelin -- better known as Molière -- mysteriously disappeared for several weeks, and this lavish comedy drama imagines a scenario that could explain what may have happened to him. At… More

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: July 27, 2007
DVD Release Date: November 20, 2007
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Moliere is a sophisticated, witty biopic of the great satirist.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Director and cowriter Laurent Tirard are clearly under the sway of Shakespeare in Love, but the talented Duris is miscast as the wily Moliere, and Moliere has none of Shakespeare's giddy charm.

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Like the playwright's comedies, at its best Moliere shows the depths beneath the archetypes.

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Urban Cinefile

Witty lines, sumptuous settings, manicured lawns and horses with carriages provide the setting for this frivolous romp that caresses history as it plays with the misadventures of French playwright Molière %u2026 With just the right balance of playfulness

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

An extravagant and thoroughly irresistible story of intrigue, romance, comedy and artistic inspiration.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Woefully miscast as the seminal 17th-century French farceur Molière, the intense, black-maned young French movie star Romain Duris never seems more comfortable than the brief moments when he's rotting in a dank jail.

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Peter Calder
New Zealand Herald

A sophisticated and literate biographical speculation is the basis of this witty and entertaining portrait of the titular artist.

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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald

Lost in the exercise is any insight into Molière's writing or any relevance to today, making his achievements seem more frivolous -- and considerably less amusing -- than they actually were.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

In making a comedy about a writer famed for his perfectly tuned wit, the filmmakers have inspired other expectations. The result is as off-putting as biting into a confection in which the sugar has been replaced by salt.

Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Deluxe tribute to the playwright gets by, surprisingly, as much by romantic poignancy as's hard to dislike a picture so in Love with its subject.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Ross Collins
Entertaining period comedy with beautiful sets and engaging acting. It tells the story of French playwright Molière's early days, as if they were indeed as… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Moliere" starts in 1658 with playwright and actor Moliere(Romain Duris) leading his acting troupe to a triumphant return to… More
William Dunmyer
[size=3]"Moliere," starring French dreamboat [b]Romain Duris[/b] as the legendary 17th-century playwright himself, is wonderfully funny and… More
William Goss
Perpetually enjoyable for all its familiarity. Entire cast helps take up the slack.
Mark Abell
As someone else said somewhere, magnifique! This was like watching a Moliere play. All of the elements he later used are here. The actor disguised as a priest.… More
Marion Ravenwood
It was just okay