Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22

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  1. The actors elevate what might have been fluff into a genuinely moving tale, and the action is so much fun that it doesn't even matter if you've seen Molière's plays before.
  2. As Molière, Romain Duris is frisky and, playing the wife of his benefactor, Laura Morante proves once again that she is one of the most intelligent and attractive actresses in the world.
  3. 63
    Showing up for Molière eager for the story of one of the theater's greatest comedy writers would be unwise. It's not that kind of party.
  4. 63
    While none of this is meant to be taken seriously, the premise demeans Moliere's great achievement.
  5. 75
    A Molière this good deserves a more substantive portrait, but this one will do for now.
  6. Moliere transforms into a fuller piece whenever Morante takes center stage.
  7. 80
    An extravagant and thoroughly irresistible story of intrigue, romance, comedy and artistic inspiration.
  8. Though it might be Moliere for Dummies, it's infinitely more fun than French director Ariane Mnouchkine's tedious 1978 film portrait, a Moliere for Smarties that ran four hours plus and, like Tirard's movie, explored the comedy of tragedy.
  9. 75
    Sometimes it's fun to put on costumes and wigs and just goof around.
  10. 70
    Yet the film, directed by Laurent Tirard, has something. To be exact, it has Fabrice Luchini and Laura Morante, as M. and Mme. Jourdain.
  11. The meshing of Moliere and Tartuffe into one character creates so many complications and loose ends that it is a fool's errand to try to make sense of the story.
  12. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    Romance, creativity, subterfuge and repartee are among the pleasures to be had in Moliere, a consistently diverting, bittersweet costumer.
  13. Witty, enjoyable costume drama imagines formative episode in life of French comedy giant.
  14. 70
    Tirard unwinds the action slow and steady, which makes for a slackly paced first hour that all but destroys the movie. Hang in and you'll see the method in this seemingly perverse strategy, as the young blade grows a passion for the highly strung, cultivated lady of the house, beautifully played by Europe's reigning queen of barely suppressed hysteria, Laura Morante.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. [Anonymous]
    Sep 7, 2007
    I thoroughly enjoyed this costume melodrama. I find it interesting that critics rate it a 59 when users who have seen the film rate in in the I thoroughly enjoyed this costume melodrama. I find it interesting that critics rate it a 59 when users who have seen the film rate in in the 9 range. Full Review »
  2. MarL.
    Aug 5, 2007
    Do not be fooled by negative movie reviews, MOLIERE is a great movie. with great actors displaying their charm throughout a very entertaining plot.