Intolerable Cruelty

Intolerable Cruelty

Intolerable Cruelty

Coen brothers' battle-of-the-sexes screwball comedy starring George Clooney as Miles, a hot shot divorce lawyer, and Catherine Zeta-Jones as Marilyn, a gold-digger who uses marriage/divorce to fund her extravagant lifestyle. In the aftermath of a court battle in which Miles denies Marilyn a sizeable marital purse, he finds himself smitten while she wants revenge. From there, the cold-hearted pair engage in a ruthless romantic pursuit to out-swindle each other.

2003Rating: M, Low level violence100 minsUSA
ComedyRomance

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Intolerable Cruelty / Reviews

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

In its nasty, blackhearted take on contemporary coupling and uncoupling, Intolerable Cruelty has the distant though unmistakable ring of truth.

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Salon

Salon

George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones square off deliciously, but this '30s-style battle of the sexes from the Coen brothers never catches fire.

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Boston Globe

Boston Globe

(Clooney has) never been looser, sexier, or more antic.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

So clever, so funny, so suavely entertaining that it comes as a shock to realise that it's not nearly as satisfying as all those qualities would lead you to believe.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Sometimes you just want (The Coens) to lay off the irony and climb down here with the groundlings.

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Village Voice

Village Voice

To see Clooney... is to see an old-fashioned virtuoso in perpetual motion.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

(Clooney's) portrait of a shark in love is a model of classy comic acting.

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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

A witty and sparkling royal flush of a film.

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Total Film

Total Film

Fabulous, screwy comedy, lit up by some blinding star wattage.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Intelligent, modern screwball comedy

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

The Coens' first mainstream romantic comedy is a superb hijacking of an ailing art form - short, sharp and frequently laugh-out-loud hilarious.

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