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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 40
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  1. Reviewed by: Damon Wise
    100
    Tight as a drum, glamorous and exquisitely funny, this one should earn them (Coens) enough cash to make five more offbeat minor masterpieces like "The Man Who Wasn't There" -- and the Coens deserve that as much as we do.
  2. Elegant, cheerfully cynical fun of the kind we used to get regularly from Billy Wilder, Howard Hawks and other masters of the classic Hollywood screwball comedy -- all those '30s-'40s movies about rich people sloshed, or acting crazy and running romantically amok.
  3. It's over-the-top. It's wild. It's filled with outrageous behavior all around.
  4. Mostly, it's a Coen brothers movie so slick, so careful in rationing its darkly perverse and personal elements, that it seems suspiciously sweet. Intolerable Cruelty feels like the Coens' peculiar new way of being cynical, by pretending they're not.
  5. The first half of Intolerable Cruelty is more than tolerable; it's a dopey kick full of goofy jokes tossed off so quickly you're reminded less of bickering-bantering Grant and Rosalind Russell than Groucho and Chico Marx.
  6. 63
    If it's not quite as funny as you want it to be, it's still more than enough to keep you entertained.
  7. 50
    This is a decidedly hit or miss deal which, despite the current outpouring of critical praise, is destined to rank among the Coen's least memorable achievements.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 53
  2. Negative: 23 out of 53
  1. JaredB.
    Jan 26, 2007
    10
    A laugh riot. Also, a great looking film, resembling the romantic comedies of the 50's. George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones make a A laugh riot. Also, a great looking film, resembling the romantic comedies of the 50's. George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones make a wonderful pair. Cedric the Entertainer was hysterical. Good job, Coen brothers Collapse
  2. ricardod
    Apr 13, 2009
    9
    Extremely funny, extremely smart and extremely well performed. worth it all the way. coen brothers, you did it again.
  3. DanB.
    Dec 1, 2005
    8
    Plot was a little hackneyed and smooth but Clooney gives such a great performance... and anyway, come on: everybody likes berries!
  4. Dec 9, 2014
    8
    There are some nice laugh-out-loud moments in this and it's good to see Catherine ZJ with her Welsh lilt counterbalancing the grey wolf :) AThere are some nice laugh-out-loud moments in this and it's good to see Catherine ZJ with her Welsh lilt counterbalancing the grey wolf :) A fun film with some pointed comments to make. Expand
  5. Mar 8, 2011
    6
    It is safe to say that this film is not what I expected at all but it did have some elements that make it worthy of having a higher end score;It is safe to say that this film is not what I expected at all but it did have some elements that make it worthy of having a higher end score; those being George Clooney showing his comedic side and the addition of Catherine Zeta Jones. I would perhaps rate it slightly higher if I didn't get distracted half way though. Expand
  6. BarryB.
    Nov 13, 2003
    0
    Couldn't agree more with the nonprofessional critics. You know the ones like you and I who pay to see this crap. No chemistry at all Couldn't agree more with the nonprofessional critics. You know the ones like you and I who pay to see this crap. No chemistry at all between the two visons of pulchritude. Were they acting or playing themselves? Expand

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