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Based on 22 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A whimsical but flat-footed attempt to account for several lost months in the life of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known to the world as Molière. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Though it might be Moliere for Dummies, it's infinitely more fun than French director Ariane Mnouchkine's tedious 1978 film portrait, a Moliere for Smarties that ran four hours plus and, like Tirard's movie, explored the comedy of tragedy. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The actors elevate what might have been fluff into a genuinely moving tale, and the action is so much fun that it doesn't even matter if you've seen Molière's plays before. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Witty, enjoyable costume drama imagines formative episode in life of French comedy giant. show more

  • 63
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Moliere transforms into a fuller piece whenever Morante takes center stage. show more

  • 63
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    While none of this is meant to be taken seriously, the premise demeans Moliere's great achievement. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Showing up for Molière eager for the story of one of the theater's greatest comedy writers would be unwise. It's not that kind of party. show more

  • 50
    Peter Debruge Miami Herald

    By suggesting that the man's life was as riotously funny as his plays, writer-director Laurent Tirard leaves us wishing he'd opted to do a straightforward adaptation instead. show more

  • 50
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    The Great Playwrights for Dummies series that began with "Shakespeare in Love" continues with Molière, a French clone of that grating and smarmy Best Picture winner. show more

  • 38
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The result is as off-putting as biting into a confection in which the sugar has been replaced by salt. show more

  • May 22, 2008 oharden
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    John Keats would probably be insulted by my use of his theory of "negative capability"--an open-mindedness that submerges the conscious and allows the subconscious to interpret reality. I attended "Moliere" to be entertained, without any intention of connecting the famous actor/playwright's work with historical realism. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie--superb acting, beautiful costuming, and a subtle, witty plot. In my judgment, it is a five-star production.

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