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  • Summary: De-lovely is an original musical portrait of American composer Cole Porter filled with his own unforgettable songs. A sparkling celebration of Porter's music as well as a stirring exploration of the artist's journey and the undying power of love. (MGM)
  • Director: Irwin Winkler
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, Romance, Music, Musical
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 125 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  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. 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.
  3. 75
    At its best, De-Lovely evokes a time, a place and a sound with stylish wit and sophistication.
  4. A movie so lifeless and drained of genuine joie de vivre it makes you long for the largely fictional earlier film.
  5. 50
    There are not enough thrilling musical interludes, and few come close to capturing the sly joy in Porter's music.
  6. 50
    The resulting awkward, earthbound mishmash thoroughly overshadows Judd and Kline's authentically moving performances.
  7. A limited movie that can't animate its subject amid all the tricks and glitz. De-Lovely is devoid of life.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 35
  2. Negative: 4 out of 35

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