Cheri Synopsis
A middle-aged woman instructs the son of a wealthy courtesan in the ways of love.
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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By kitbunnell
I really liked this beautiful, period piece, set in Paris around 1910. Michelle Peiffer looked fantastic and did a great job of acting, as did Kathy Bates. The love story, about an aging courtesan and...

Rupert Friend Is Someone to Watch in the Coming Years

By Babs Bean
For those of you who know the Collette stories this movie was based on, Cheri, the part played by Rupert Friend, is a rather shallow, unsympathetic character who realizes too late how much he had...

Loved it!

By kdavis
This is a great story with superb sets and costumes. Actors are fantastic, most especially Cathy Bates. Really enjoyed this....

Best Movie I've seen This Summer

By erin3083
Seriously the best movie I've seen this summer. The characters are beautiful and the movie follows the book so closely, it's actually what I had pictured in my mind. You will not be disappointed...

Beautiful movie very enjoyable

By atintune
Loved everything about this lush movie. Michelle was so good and so was Kathy Bates. The scenery was lush, the music was absolutely beautiful and It was a beautiful love story and I highly recommend...

Great costumes - awful casting

By tombyrom
This movie has gorgeous scenery and costumes, but is brought down by terrible casting. Kathy Bates as a retired legendary courtesan? Give me break. However, the worst casting was the role of...

Chick Flick

By suemarie
Hard to relate to the opulent lifestyle shown, but it can be relatable to women of a certain age. An older courtesan (prostitute) falls in love with a much younger man. Beautiful to look at, and...


By RileytheK
I am shocked that Cheri has not received rave reviews. It is a fantastic love story, brilliantly directed by one of my favorite directors, Stephen Frears. The costuming and cinematography are...

Unexpected Pleasure

By ManifestStefany
I went to this movie not knowing the story but knowing I liked the actors. I was not disappointed. The mix of light hearted quips and deeply felt emotions. I enjoyed the journey right to the end....

Luscious on all levels

By agelessinaustin
One must be fairly sophisticated to appreciate this gorgeous film and the story. Collette was one of the most popular and acclaimed writers of her era, and Cheri and The Last of Cheri are her two...

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Rated R | For some sexual content and brief drug use