Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
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  1. The movie is remarkably touching and engrossing, with Kline's spot-on acting and realistically second-rate singing balancing Judd's one-note performance as his wife.
  2. 88
    A musical and a biography, and brings to both of those genres a worldly sophistication that is rare in the movies.
  3. De-Lovely is something dishy and rare: a biopic about a happy, and even enchanted, man.
  4. Flies so gallantly in the face of what's supposed to work at the movies these days that you just have to love it.
  5. 75
    At its best, De-Lovely evokes a time, a place and a sound with stylish wit and sophistication.
  6. 75
    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.
  7. Kline, though, does give one of the great movie performances of the year so far.
  8. This intelligent, postmodern biography from director Irwin Winkler and screenwriter Jay Cocks uses Porter's songs, by turns haunting and hilarious, to decode and reconstruct a life hinted at in the familiar words and music.
  9. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    Turns out to be thoughtful, creative, and generally worthy of its subject, with sins that are more of ambition and miscalculation than of execution.
  10. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Benefits greatly from Kevin Kline's outstanding performance as the ultra-sophisticated songwriter whose resilient marriage anchored a complicated double life.
  11. A sprightly musical revue built around Cole Porter songs and a few biographical tidbits culled from his extraordinary life.
  12. Affectionate but uninsightful biopic.
  13. Reviewed by: Laine Ewen
    63
    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.
  14. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    De-Lovely has its moments of delight. Its defects lie mostly in failing to fully delineate what made musical icon Cole Porter tick.
  15. There are terrific performances from Kline and Judd, some breathtaking staging and production design, and, of course, some of the best music and lyrics of the 20th century.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 35
  2. Negative: 4 out of 35
  1. JeffS.
    Dec 16, 2006
    10
    I anticipate that De-Lovely will become one of the most highly regarded films of the past fifty years. Mr. Winkler's team has fashioned I anticipate that De-Lovely will become one of the most highly regarded films of the past fifty years. Mr. Winkler's team has fashioned a daring concept with poignance, wit, great music, design and fully nuanced and realized performances by Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd and Jonathan Pryce. The engagedment of current pop standard, rock and jazz singers and stylings seemlessly provides the story with resonance for present times and injects the account of Cole Porter's life with appropriate irony and insight. Thanks to DVD distribution, De-Lovely" will outlive its critics and, as more discover it, be considered a classic. This may be Irwin Winkler's greatest film. Full Review »
  2. JeanM.
    Nov 23, 2006
    5
    This movie has good music, but good music does not make a good movie. The people behind De-Lovely are obviously very professional, and the This movie has good music, but good music does not make a good movie. The people behind De-Lovely are obviously very professional, and the narration idea IS interesting, but the movie remains, however, incredibly boring. The viewer comes out of the film having finally learned very little about Cole Porter, which is a shame considering the movie is about him... In fact, the most fun to be had in this film is identifying the myriad of current pop stars who guest star in the film (Robbie Williams, Diana Krall, Lemar, Sheryl Crow, etc..), and while guest stars are sure fun in any film, they should never be the point of one. Simply put, the bottom line is, De-Lovely isn't horrible...but it certainly isn't good. There is much, much better cinema to be seen out there. If you wish to see a good biopic about a famous musician, check out the amazing Walk The Line (about Johnny Cash), one of the best movies in my opinion. Ray, though overrated, is still a lot better than De-Lovely. And finally I haven't seen the Bobby Darin biopic Beyond The Sea, but it seems pretty good as well. Full Review »
  3. FrankO.
    Jan 25, 2006
    8
    Better than I expected, beyond the music which I already knew, I learned lots about the man Cole Porter, great cinematography going back and Better than I expected, beyond the music which I already knew, I learned lots about the man Cole Porter, great cinematography going back and forth with blk/white..current day life to reliving past...Kevin Kline was outstanding. Full Review »