Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The movie is remarkably touching and engrossing, with Kline's spot-on acting and realistically second-rate singing balancing Judd's one-note performance as his wife.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
De-Lovely is something dishy and rare: a biopic about a happy, and even enchanted, man.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Turns out to be thoughtful, creative, and generally worthy of its subject, with sins that are more of ambition and miscalculation than of execution.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
This intelligent, postmodern biography from director Irwin Winkler and screenwriter Jay Cocks uses Porter's songs, by turns haunting and hilarious, to decode and reconstruct a life hinted at in the familiar words and music.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
At its best, De-Lovely evokes a time, a place and a sound with stylish wit and sophistication.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A sprightly musical revue built around Cole Porter songs and a few biographical tidbits culled from his extraordinary life.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
There are terrific performances from Kline and Judd, some breathtaking staging and production design, and, of course, some of the best music and lyrics of the 20th century.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
De-Lovely has its moments of delight. Its defects lie mostly in failing to fully delineate what made musical icon Cole Porter tick.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
A mishmash of a musical. The movie never gels -- despite Kline's nuanced performance, the stars' exquisite period clothes, designed by Armani, and, of course, Porter's great songs.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A limited movie that can't animate its subject amid all the tricks and glitz. De-Lovely is devoid of life.
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53 out of 100
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