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  • Summary: Molière has been released from prison by wealthy bourgeois, Monsieur Jourdain, who settled the young actor's debts on the understanding that he will teach him the craft of the stage. Hungry for recognition, Jourdain is infatuated with the lovely but poisonous Climene, whose salon gathers together suitors and great wits. Trapped in this untenable situation, Molière will experience all manner of events that will open his eyes and his mind, both to life itself and to his work as an artist. (Sony Pictures Classics) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Bernard Besserglik
    80
    Witty, enjoyable costume drama imagines formative episode in life of French comedy giant.
  2. 80
    An extravagant and thoroughly irresistible story of intrigue, romance, comedy and artistic inspiration.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Moliere transforms into a fuller piece whenever Morante takes center stage.
  6. 50
    By suggesting that the man's life was as riotously funny as his plays, writer-director Laurent Tirard leaves us wishing he'd opted to do a straightforward adaptation instead.
  7. A whimsical but flat-footed attempt to account for several lost months in the life of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known to the world as Molière.

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