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