Sony Pictures Classics | Release Date: May 22, 2009
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Generally favorable reviews based on 26 Ratings
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TonyOAug 10, 2009
The critical reviews of this one puzzled me a bit with their overwhelming condescension. Luckily the punters are more tuned in to what this really is - which is a pretty well done period piece, based on a fairly savage piece of social The critical reviews of this one puzzled me a bit with their overwhelming condescension. Luckily the punters are more tuned in to what this really is - which is a pretty well done period piece, based on a fairly savage piece of social critique by a master of cynical stagecraft - Noel Coward. Plus, in its favour, it is sometimes hilarious, and has a number of set pieces that work - and admittedly, a couple that don't. Nevertheless, I liked this a lot better than many of the recent attempts to mount period 30's dramas- eg Brideshead Revisited, or the numerous Poirot and Miss Marple revisions. The movie wasn't just a wallow in nostalgia, for one thing - and some of the emotional issues and conflicts certainly went beyond the usual facile mugging by UK character actors. And personally, I liked the soundtrack, though I can see why some people might find it a bit obtrusive. The key performances by Jessica Biel and Kristen Scott-Thomas are a hoot , and sometimes quite touching as well. The whole thing was surprisingly entertaining. Expand
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BinkiJun 26, 2011
Really good movie. Colin Firth and Kristin Scott Thomas are incredible, Jessica Biel is pretty good too. The story was simple but great with some incredibly funny moments.
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RichardWMay 30, 2009
Captures Coward's cynicism and sharp humor in a great cast -- Scott Thomas, Firth, Biel -- marked down by Director's strange musical intrusions.
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VickieMJun 29, 2009
The story was a little simple, but the acting more than overcame this slight weakness. Excellent performances from Kristin Scott Thomas, Colin FIrth, and Jessica Biel (a surprise). The setting in an old English country house was terrific - The story was a little simple, but the acting more than overcame this slight weakness. Excellent performances from Kristin Scott Thomas, Colin FIrth, and Jessica Biel (a surprise). The setting in an old English country house was terrific - the vintage interiors and costumes were wonderful. Expand
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SheldonW.May 22, 2009
An old-fashioned comedy of manners that starts as a spirited romp then turns serious in both an unexpected, and expected way [not necessarily in that order]. Smart, funny, poignant and thoroughly engaging. Kristin Scott-Thomas and Colin An old-fashioned comedy of manners that starts as a spirited romp then turns serious in both an unexpected, and expected way [not necessarily in that order]. Smart, funny, poignant and thoroughly engaging. Kristin Scott-Thomas and Colin Firth are wonderful and Jessica Biel more than holds her own with both. Expand
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[Anonymous]May 25, 2009
Surprisingly entertaining - I grinned from start to finish. A nice Saturday afternoon diversion - with perfect casting.
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dwightcJun 24, 2009
An authentic comedy, realistic slapstick and a beautiful setting.
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