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7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 43
  2. Negative: 4 out of 43
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  1. BarnaB.
    Jul 4, 2004
    2
    Although Kline and Judd are pretty good, the movie's script is a poor effort to communicate the life of a genius, using one of the oldest tricks in the book (All that Jazz comes to mind). People around me were laughing at some points, some of the lines, very clearly enunciated by Judd, seem right out of Screenwriting 101. The whole movie lacks wit, which is what makes Porter Porter. Although Kline and Judd are pretty good, the movie's script is a poor effort to communicate the life of a genius, using one of the oldest tricks in the book (All that Jazz comes to mind). People around me were laughing at some points, some of the lines, very clearly enunciated by Judd, seem right out of Screenwriting 101. The whole movie lacks wit, which is what makes Porter Porter. I thought this movie would be one of the highlights of the year for me (I love Porter), and it was a tough disappointment. Expand
  2. T.M.
    Feb 17, 2005
    4
    Louis B. Mayer, Cole Porter and company breaking into choreographed song and dance on the MGM back lot?? A ghost/angel/Broadway producer showing Porter a film of his life (as a framing device)?? Current rock singers butchering Porter's songs?? What were the filmmakers thinking? Were they smoking crack? I give this film a 4 for what of Porter's music this film didn't Louis B. Mayer, Cole Porter and company breaking into choreographed song and dance on the MGM back lot?? A ghost/angel/Broadway producer showing Porter a film of his life (as a framing device)?? Current rock singers butchering Porter's songs?? What were the filmmakers thinking? Were they smoking crack? I give this film a 4 for what of Porter's music this film didn't eviscerate, and for the performances of Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd. They tried really, really hard to rise above the lame script with its often laughable dialogue, but that script, the poor editing, the unnecessary framing device, bad soundtrack decisions, and the hollowness at the core of this film render the stars' efforts useless. I think I'll rent "Night and Day"; it may whitewash Porter's homosexuality, but it's got to be better than this film. Expand
  3. BrandonJ.
    Nov 27, 2004
    0
    An ordeal to sit through from beginning to end. The conceit that Cole Porter is about to die and is viewing his whole life with the angel Gabriel at his side is never less than ridiculous. As for the finale and the clown number, these two have to be a duo of the worst musical numbers ever conceived and filmed. If you love Cole's music, don't see De-Lovely and you still will.
  4. PatrickM
    Jul 17, 2004
    4
    With all the cameos, I was waiting to see Ben Stiller. But seriously, I thought Kline and Judd were well played and kept this movie afloat. Unfortunately, the middle of the flim dragged. It was a nice mix of Porter songs, but when the music numbers weren't going, the script caught some pretty major pit falls. The makeup looked like an older Biff in Back to the Future. i.e. incredibly With all the cameos, I was waiting to see Ben Stiller. But seriously, I thought Kline and Judd were well played and kept this movie afloat. Unfortunately, the middle of the flim dragged. It was a nice mix of Porter songs, but when the music numbers weren't going, the script caught some pretty major pit falls. The makeup looked like an older Biff in Back to the Future. i.e. incredibly fake. It needed to end about 30 minutes earlier than it did. I think most critics feel similar to me when I express disappointment. Porter deserved better. Expand
  5. D.Williams
    Mar 31, 2005
    0
    A total assault on the life of Cole Porter, with all songs presented totally out of context. Couldn't even stand to watch the entire film; it was too offensive to the senses.
  6. JohnH.
    Dec 21, 2004
    2
    Boring, shallow, and filled with awful dialogue.
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
  1. 75
    At its best, De-Lovely evokes a time, a place and a sound with stylish wit and sophistication.
  2. 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.
  3. A sprightly musical revue built around Cole Porter songs and a few biographical tidbits culled from his extraordinary life.