• Network: Lifetime
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 13, 2008
  • Season #: 1

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 88
    Bobulova is delightful to watch, playing the younger Coco as winsome, stubborn, independent and gifted. MacLaine, seen always with a cigarette between two fingers, has less screen time, but she commands every minute in which she appears.
  2. Shirley MacLaine will get most of the attention for playing fashion legend Coco Chanel in this smart-looking and solidly crafted new Lifetime biopic premiering Saturday night.
  3. While little of this is boring, the movie only sizzles and sparks when it jumps out of flashback mode and into the 1950s "present," with Ms. MacLaine as a slightly cranky and tottering but totally grand old dame.
  4. Reviewed by: Marilyn Moss
    We don't get a great deal of character development, nor do we always get the truth, but with Coco, there is plenty to see and do.
  5. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Oh, it's not very French and the dialogue is absurd, but somehow from this divine mess emerges something that at least approximates a woman you have to admire.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Perhaps appropriately, the period trappings and costumes are impeccable, part of a miniseries that weaves six production logos into its hemline--suggesting more commerce than art in its conception.
  7. MacLaine, who apparently decided not to bother to attempt a French accent, isn't served well by a script that essentially has her introducing flashbacks.
  8. Reviewed by: Leah Greenblatt
    Czech actress Barbora Bobulova has the greater misfortune of acting out Harlequin-romance shenanigans amid Pepé le Pew accents. Worst of all, the subject's revolutionary designs are almost entirely marginalized.
  9. A little whitewashing is forgivable in a biopic, but to make a movie about the most influential figure in fashion history in which she spends more time moping around about her boyfriends than she does designing clothes is infuriating.
  10. Because it is such a loopy work of hagiography, it is never getting her right.
  11. 40
    The movie looks great, like a very extended perfume commercial. But it has no substance.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. DianaS
    Nov 12, 2009
    I thought Shirley MacLaine was wonderful in this part. The young Coco was a delight to watch. It was great to see a movie about the success of a woman that will be remembered for generations by one word "CHANEL" Full Review »
  2. PaolaL.
    Nov 16, 2008
    I thought the movie was wonderful.
  3. LilyG.
    Sep 17, 2008
    Coco Chanel was one of the best movies I have seen on Lifetime in a long time. The actors/actresses were superb, the costumes were fantastic, the accents were delightful, not to mention young Coco's second lover was fun to look at :o) I found the movie very well done and informative. Shirley Mclaine did a fantastic job as the elder Coco. You go Shirley!! I watched it twice. Kudos to Lifetime. You should do more movies like this! I read a blog where someone suggested Merrill Streep...and worse yet, DEMI MOORE to play Coco. Ohhh what goes on in people's minds? Full Review »