(2004)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

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83
Entertainment Weekly
De-Lovely is something dishy and rare: a biopic about a happy, and even enchanted, man.
75
Rolling Stone
At its best, De-Lovely evokes a time, a place and a sound with stylish wit and sophistication.
75
ReelViews
As a bio-pic, De-Lovely is pretty standard, run-of-the-mill stuff (albeit with an interesting framing device). However, as a "best hits" collection of Cole Porter's music, it is unparalleled.
75
Chicago Tribune
Kline, though, does give one of the great movie performances of the year so far.
70
Variety
Benefits greatly from Kevin Kline's outstanding performance as the ultra-sophisticated songwriter whose resilient marriage anchored a complicated double life.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
A sprightly musical revue built around Cole Porter songs and a few biographical tidbits culled from his extraordinary life.
63
Premiere
Though director Irwin Winkler takes pains to accurately present Cole's life (unlike "Night and Day," the 1946 biopic starring Cary Grant), the film has its shortcomings. First of which is pushing the love story, when it's clear Linda's feelings aren't reciprocated.
50
The A.V. Club
If Porter's songs are so timeless, why does the movie sound like something that might have played on VH1 five years ago?
50
If you're a Cole Porter fan you might like the songs in De-Lovely, but as a portrait of an unusual marriage it's de-lumbering, de-liberate and de-cidedly flat.
40
Village Voice
Openly gay and overwhelmingly glum.

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