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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 13, 2008
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: The life and loves of the famous fashion icon Coco Chanel (Shirley MacLaine) is explored in this TV movie from Lifetime.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series
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. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    50
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Leah Greenblatt
    42
    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.
  7. 40
    The movie looks great, like a very extended perfume commercial. But it has no substance.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5