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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 gathersMolière 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) Expand
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Score distribution:
  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. 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.
  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. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    63
    While none of this is meant to be taken seriously, the premise demeans Moliere's great achievement.
  6. 50
    The Great Playwrights for Dummies series that began with "Shakespeare in Love" continues with Molière, a French clone of that grating and smarmy Best Picture winner.
  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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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. [Anonymous]
    Sep 7, 2007
    10
    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. Collapse
  2. MarL.
    Aug 5, 2007
    9
    Do not be fooled by negative movie reviews, MOLIERE is a great movie. with great actors displaying their charm throughout a very entertaining plot.

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