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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Near the end of this smart, speedy romantic farce, the comic engine hits a wall and sputters. Until then, this Coen brothers film -- easily their silliest -- is fueled by a screwball fizz that keeps the laughs popping. show more

  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Too slick but amusing marital farce. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Not brilliantly funny nor incisively clever, Intolerable Cruelty is still moderately satirical and laugh-out-loud enjoyable. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    None of this would work, of course, without stylish performances in the leads and Mr. Clooney and Ms. Zeta-Jones do themselves and their dubious characters proud. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    There are laughs here aplenty, and sexy, goofy, off-the-cuff charm. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    If Intolerable Cruelty isn't a convincing love story, it's a hugely entertaining one, with comic relief -- in the form of Cedric the Entertainer as a voyeuristic private eye and Tom Aldredge as a decaying law-firm boss issuing directives while hooked up to life-support -- piled on top of the comedy. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    The Coen brothers had a golden opportunity to make a darkly humorous, deliciously clever battle of the sexes, and they let it slip through their fingers. Instead, the duo... settled for a broad farce that is long on manic, cartoonish behavior and short on intelligence and wit. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Elegant, cheerfully cynical fun of the kind we used to get regularly from Billy Wilder, Howard Hawks and other masters of the classic Hollywood screwball comedy -- all those '30s-'40s movies about rich people sloshed, or acting crazy and running romantically amok. show more

  • 88
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    Hilariously overblown, "Cruelty" fairly pops at the seams with the beloved eccentricity of Joel and Ethan Coen, from the fiendishly ludicrous scenarios and casually tossed off visual gags to the razor-sharp repartee. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Takes the traditional romantic comedy and tweaks it by way of "The War of the Roses." Rarely has strife between the sexes been so ruthless, so civilized, and so funny. show more

  • October 19, 2013 Mr. Wonderful
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    INTOLERABLE CONVERSATIONS. WHERE IS THE POKER-FACE DRY-WIT WE EXPECT FROM THE COEN BROTHERS? WHEN I PUT TOGETHER MY COLLECTION OF COEN BROTHER FILMS TO TAKE WITH ME INTO THE AFTER LIFE, THIS PIC WILL BE EXCLUDED.

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