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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
  1. BrittanyM.
    Nov 28, 2005
    10
    I loved this movie. I love Cole Porter and his shows, so this movie is on the top of my list. I loved all the different stars that were brought in to sing his songs. Expand
  2. NormanF.
    Jan 8, 2006
    10
    De-lovely embodied the powerful impact that Cole Porter had on a culture. De-lovely embodies a piece of the cresting American culture and what it would offer the world. Expand
  3. 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 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. Expand
  4. TonyB
    Oct 23, 2005
    9
    Criminally underappreciated by both the critics and the public, this is a gem of a biography with an interesting structure. Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd are superb; the supporting cast is excellent; the musical numbers are superbly designed and executed...what more can anyone want? Expand
  5. 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 forth with blk/white..current day life to reliving past...Kevin Kline was outstanding. Expand
  6. chrish
    Oct 6, 2005
    5
    I thought the movie had an interesting way of presenting the story but I was totally turned off by all the smoking- even Ashley Judd who was obviously not a smoker when the movie started got the hang of it by the end. Surely we can tell the story of a great songwirter without everyone puffing on cigarettes in every frame...it did not lend anything to the movie except that Linda Poretr died on lung cancer but even then no one stopped. Expand
  7. 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 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. Expand

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