Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 25
  2. Negative: 4 out of 25
  1. The good news about Claude Lelouch's And Now Ladies and Gentlemen -- there's no bad news -- is that the man who made the sublimely superficial "A Man and a Woman" almost four decades ago has grown in wisdom and artistry, but hasn't lost his love of glossy surfaces.
  2. 90
    For those of us who find Lelouch an unbreakable habit -- the guiltiest of guilty pleasures -- watching And Now Ladies & Gentlemen comes close to sheer moviegoing bliss.
  3. The perfect summer tonic for mature audiences looking for sophisticated escape. It's filled with beautiful people in gorgeous, exotic locales.
  4. 75
    The core relationship is what makes the movie with this ill-advised title a well-advised choice.
  5. Has a goofy enthusiasm for itself that's contagious.
  6. 67
    All told, it’s two-plus hours of trinkets and baubles and clever repartée beneath a perfect summer sun and beside the whitewashed walls of Fez, not inconsequential but as ephemeral as the sky above.
  7. 63
    The movie is so extravagant and outrageous in its storytelling that it resists criticism: It's self-satirizing.
  8. For those who don't know his (Lelouch's) work, And Now Ladies and Gentlemen will be fun because his style is unique and unpredictable. But for those who have known him in better form, this one is not a must-see.
  9. A movie best suited for a lazy afternoon or a languorous night, particularly if you're a Francophile. Charming, glamorous, emotionally suggestive but slight, it's full of beautiful and colorful people.
  10. The cinematic equivalent of a beautifully wrapped gift box with nothing inside.
  11. According to common usage, the French word stupide comes closer to silly than to dumb, which is how I might rationalize my affection for this harebrained, obvious, but euphoric tale.
  12. Though the director's jet-set fantasy world of rugged jewel thieves and sailboat races, triste cabaret singers and sybaritic pleasures may feel dated and more than a little decadent, it is a nice enough place to visit.
  13. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    60
    A good-looking but slim confection that's short on the multi-characterisation and sense of entwined destinies that mark the great Lelouch sagas.
  14. 58
    The film isn't so much a demanding character study as it is a lot of pretty parts pushed together.
  15. The tone moves from gently jocular (Irons appears in drag) to mystically morose (a female shaman tries to ululate up a cure), and that creates a jarring effect from which the movie does not recover.
  16. 50
    Like a Bond picture with no spies or villains or car chases or gadgets or explosions.
  17. 50
    It's fitting. Valentin and Jane may be awakening from life's slumber, but mostly they're just putting us to sleep.
  18. The director has said that the plot was influenced by a real English thief named Valentin who showed up at his door one day to repay money stolen a decade earlier.
  19. It's too insubstantial to support its two-hour-plus running time, and too arbitrary to work as a story, so you walk out wondering not happened, but whether anything actually did.
  20. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    When characters aren't quoting Alfred de Musset, they're speaking in aphorisms of their own, and the dialogue is stylized and stilted. Happily, Kaas, one of France's most popular jazz singers, has a sensuous, sonorous voice, and Lelouch uses it as often as possible; in many ways, the film is a musical.
  21. 50
    It works for a little while, but an Irons-narrated slideshow of the region would have worked just as well.
  22. 38
    One part cabaret, one part travelogue, one part comic heist, one part romantic tearjerker -- and all pretty tedious.
  23. 30
    Has little to offer beyond muzzy kismet and generalized amnesia, a bit of National Geographic and a lot of cocktail jazz.
  24. Awash in the kind of pretension that only the French can get away with.
  25. 20
    An exercise in vanity, indulgence and a startling degree of shallowness.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. jamilb.
    Nov 29, 2006
    10
    Brilliant cinema from story to cast to post production ... a truly aesthetic and intellectual pleasure for a sophisticated audience ... worth Brilliant cinema from story to cast to post production ... a truly aesthetic and intellectual pleasure for a sophisticated audience ... worth several viewings, even after first view suspense. Full Review »
  2. ahmads.
    Apr 23, 2006
    10
    And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen... This Is The Best Movie Of The Year.