The Triumph of Love


Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 28
  2. Negative: 4 out of 28

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  1. 60
    Indeed, a triumph of love: love of performance, love of joy, and, above all else, love of love itself.
  2. Playful as it is, Clare Peploe's adaptation of Pierre Marivaux's romantic comedy coughs and sputters on its own postmodern conceit.
  3. 60
    What we're watching, however charming, is a fancifully costumed theater piece that cuts off the oxygen needed to make a play breathe onscreen.
  4. 60
    It's a giddy farce worthy of Lucy and Ethel, and Peploe plays up the buffoonery.
  5. I was periodically put off by a certain self-conciousness in delivering this material.
  6. L.A. Weekly
    Reviewed by: F. X. Feeney
    What is surprising, and what one takes away most deeply and happily from Triumph of Love, is a refreshed admiration for Mira Sorvino.
  7. It could have been something special, but two things drag it down to mediocrity -- director Clare Peploe's misunderstanding of Marivaux's rhythms, and Mira Sorvino's limitations as a classical actress.
  8. Triumph of Love, Marivaux's 270-year-old romantic comedy, is a beguiling trifle, a gauzy, teasing inquiry into the fungibility of emotions.
  9. However charming Kingsley and Shaw are as the lovestruck pawns and Sorvino as the advancing queen, the premise is less playful than played-out.
  10. 50
    Shaw and Kingsley both create crisp, comic performances, but Sorvino remains a problem throughout. Her physical transformation falls short of the "Boys Don't Cry" standard, to put it mildly.
  11. Farce is a genre best served with building momentum and crack timing. This lazily paced piece seems more concerned with winking at the audience and putting quotations around the performances than anything so crass as playing this farce for laughs.
  12. 42
    It's a gorgeous picture and features three substantial performances, but the material is chatty, forced and excessively arch.
  13. It's all surprisingly predictable. As for Sorvino, she can wear the clothes, but they don't necessarily make the man.
  14. The result is an exquisite yawn that provokes consideration of how accomplished Ben Kingsley, Fiona Shaw and Mira Sorvino and others are as actors -- but how in this instance the characters they play so intensely never come alive.

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