San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Now that she's past 50, can we all stop holding Michelle Pfeiffer's looks against her and just admit that she's a great actress?
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The success of Stephen Frears’ film Chéri begins with its casting. Michelle Pfeiffer, as Lea de Lonval, is still a great beauty.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Pfeiffer transcends any hint of cliché ''cougar'' voraciousness.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Actors blossom under Frears' direction. There is no false moment or off-key note in this movie.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
With Pfeiffer, 50, radiating uncommon beauty, grace and feeling, Frears uncovers a fragile story's grieving heart.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
What makes Cheri’ worth your while is that its true subjects are women and age, and its observations apply to both 19th-century France and the modern film industry.
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By James Berardinelli
A respectable and satisfying historical romantic melodrama.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
What is lacking in this version, with its hasty third act and abrupt denouement, is the surprise that their union may be the deepest love either will ever know.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Cheri, like the character, is an entertaining bauble without much on its mind.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The movie’s shallow amusements do make for an ideal guilty pleasure, especially since the actors seem to be having so much fun. Bates, marching around like an overstuffed pigeon, is a reliable scene-stealer, while the two leads make an entirely convincing couple.
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63 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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