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Intolerable Cruelty

Intolerable Cruelty

2003
Romance
Comedy
1h 40m
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Rated 28 Feb 2023
67
53rd
If I looked like George Clooney I'd shave his butt and teach him to walk backwards. No wait, there's a dog. If I looked like George Clooney and there was a dog, I'd shave his butt and teach him to walk backwards. No, that implies he's ugly. Ok. If George Clooney looked like Catherine Zeta-Jones acting talent, I'd shave his butt and teach him to walk a dog backwards. Close enough.
Rated 28 May 2022
60
26th
Two cynical divorce vets discover they can find real love as long as they're both super good looking
Rated 03 Feb 2009
60
47th
Where's all the hate coming from?
Rated 15 Nov 2008
5
4th
See title.
Rated 03 May 2019
65
51st
A divorce lawyer going through a midlife crisis falls for the gold digging ex-wife of one of his clients, with the expected disastrous results. The plot is not as labyrinthine as other Coen scripts (Marilyn's long con is pretty obvious from the jump), and the two main characters are fairly despicable, making it hard to care about them or their potential romance. However, this one is more about the journey than the destination, and there are plenty of funny bits along the way. RIP Wheezy Joe.
Rated 15 Mar 2011
32
23rd
Another rather dull disappointment from the Coen brothers. Still trying to figure out why people rave about them so much...
Rated 29 Oct 2020
70
66th
I actually thought this was pretty funny with a fantastic cast. As someone else said, it probably doesn't have the depth of their other work, but I thought it was really enjoyable.
Rated 07 Nov 2010
55
21st
O Brothers, What Have Ye Done? Don't get me wrong, "Intolerable Cruelty" is by no means a bad film -in fact, it's better than the average rom-com, because it is very funny in parts and the acting is top-notch, but it's not up to par with what we've come to except from the shrewd Coen brothers. The first half is good enough and features a hilarious court scene, but the second half is totally underwhelming, and employs all the typical clichés of the romantic comedy. A decent misfire.
Rated 09 Feb 2023
53
53rd
Along with The Ladykillers is the worst Coen output, mostly because the script isn't quite there but also because Zeta-Jones is a bad actress (something everyone overlooked at the turn of the millennium because of her majestic ass). Clooney is incredible though and carries this on his back.
Rated 26 Jan 2008
50
38th
Has some good humor, but the story and characters were a little bit ridiculous.
Rated 08 Mar 2009
89
94th
I Really liked this movie. Joel Coen has made (again) a superb film. George Clooney was really brilliant in the role of a lawyer who's a little crazy and always funny. It was genius of Coen to do it this way, and the humor used in the film is also.. Genius.
Rated 17 May 2008
83
83rd
I was under the assumption it would completely suck, but it didn't. Cloony and Zeta-Jones had some great chemistry, and Coen did a stand-up job, even if he didnt write this one.
Rated 21 Dec 2012
65
19th
Geoffrey Rush: one of the most tragically underused actors of our time.
Rated 02 Feb 2019
60
35th
Even at their worst, the Coens manage to create an enjoyable romp. It feels like their trying to recreate the screwball comedies of Old Hollywood, although it never reaches those heights.
Rated 18 May 2009
3
26th
Bit of a misfire.
Rated 25 Jan 2013
62
39th
"What, are you nuts? Have you forgotten Kershner!?" There are some really great lines here and individually funny moments. Doesn't (seem to) have the depth of the best of the Coens' work, but it still works.
Rated 10 Nov 2008
65
45th
It's better than your average romantic comedy in my opinion and it does have it's share of hilarious moments and I really enjoyed George Clooney in the lead. However it never really escapes the fact that it is a romantic comedy with it's share of cliches, which it good or bad considering what type of viewer you are. For me that's a negative.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
45th
Fairly entertaining rom-com, but not up to snuff with other Coen's Bros. films. Funny in parts, and both Clooney and Zeta Jones do their best with the material, but it just doesn't come completely together.
Rated 07 Mar 2011
30
12th
Oh, this must be verbally punished for trying so hard to be so much, being so very nothing. Somewhere in there you can smell the witty and clever pen of the Coen's that can usually charm the most stubborn of mules. But repeatedly it's wasted; either by the underachieving, exagerated acting, or by the story that is borderline indifferent. It's a bad version of the humor in Burn After Reading, ending as a giant solicitor freak-show. I found happiness ONLY in good ol' Billy Bob, cracking as always.
Rated 09 Mar 2010
13
66th
Am I the only person who enjoyed this? A deliciously zany, quintessentially Coen plot, brilliant and brilliantly delivered dialogue, and palpable chemistry between Clooney and Zeta-Jones. It works as a comedy; it works as a romance; it works as a subversion of romantic comedies---and it does absurdity as only the Coens can.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
71
37th
Not the best Coen brothers film, but not the worst. Pretty funny most of the time. You really have to ignore certain implausibilities, though.
Rated 22 Feb 2007
55
49th
Not the Coen brothers best, but not a bad film.
Rated 02 Jan 2013
30
32nd
I could watch Catherine Zeta-Jones' cleavage all day. This movie, not so much.
Rated 22 Aug 2013
73
38th
It's clearly a Coen film but just feels rushed and at times uninspired. Some really funny moments, and George Clooney feels like a modern day Cary Grant, but very rough around the edges.
Rated 19 May 2017
80
77th
Even the fluff the Coen brothers pull out is SOLID GOLD BABY, well sorta.
Rated 19 Aug 2008
15
71st
Too much non-sense and not enough humor, too much dialog and not enough romance; and drama, not a chance.
Rated 26 Jul 2015
92
63rd
1
Rated 08 Jun 2020
47
2nd
Not a waste of time of course besides there are some Coen touchs that makes it watchable but this movie is the most non-Coen brothers movie that Coen brothers made.
Rated 13 Sep 2008
80
35th
George Clooney & Coen bros. = win. Even if it's supposed to be a romantic comedy...
Rated 04 Jan 2012
20
6th
Self-explanatory title. Clooney's talent is wasted on a terrible script and while Zeta-Jones is a pleasure to watch, even she can't save this film.
Rated 12 Jan 2012
65
54th
It still had the Coen brothers' quirky sensibilities to it and it had great performances. But it just wasn't up to scratch with their other work. A big factor for me not enjoying it so much was Catherine Zeta-Jones. I really don't like her. I don't really find her appealing at all. Anyway, there are far worse films you can see, so certainly don't count this one out.
Rated 27 Jun 2019
70
56th
This has to be the most beautifully shot romcom ever, lol. bless you Deakins
Rated 29 Sep 2010
35
7th
What can I say... I liked the two nightmare scenes.. Definitely not one of the brothers' best achievements!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
11
1st
Two actors I love to watch, in a movie I couldn't stand watching...
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
14th
Witty, but too much for its own good. Too many plot twists and predictability. Catherine Zeta is good.
Rated 11 Sep 2007
53
5th
The Cohen Brothers are not bulletproof. This was just boring.
Rated 11 Oct 2013
2
13th
It's not bad, it's just bleh, especially coming from the Coens. I'll admit, I laughed a handful of times, though it gets more boring as it goes along.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
55
15th
Depressingly tame effort from the Coens.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
56th
A good companion with the 60s-influenced love/hate comedy Down with Love, which should hopefully send a message to other comic filmmakers that the old Hollywood formula works far more magic than the recent trend of pushing the envelope with nonstop potty humor and sexual innuendo.
Rated 22 Dec 2019
50
20th
Only the occasional moment of Coen brilliance - most of it is Hollywood tropes.
Rated 11 Nov 2007
60
17th
Sadly, it kinda sucked. In that frustrating way that is just off being a decent light-hearted movie. I know, light-hearted Coen Brothers? Well, that's pretty much it...
Rated 03 Jan 2014
75
49th
Though more mainstream than other Coen films, there are still funny oddball touches, and Clooney and Zeta-Jones sizzle like old-time movie stars.
Rated 29 Mar 2008
71
29th
Is this a romantic comedy or a parody of a romantic comedy? The movie doesn't seem to know either which is what keeps it from being more than decently enjoyable. It's quite predictable and as implausible as most romantic comedies but Clooney is great and there are plenty of good jokes and Coen brothers touches scattered throughout the film.
Rated 15 May 2008
75
48th
Not the Coen's strongest, but still good.
Rated 02 Jan 2016
60
10th
There are glimmers of what makes the Coen brothers great (Especially the amount of scenes in which Clooney stammers wildly, a perfect comedic tic for him), but the whole thing feels strained, not so much off-beat as off-key, searching for big laughs and a screwball verve that just never come. However, the last 20 minutes or so, where the film relentlessly unravels, are great.
Rated 22 Sep 2010
66
51st
A little off putting but plenty of laughs.
Rated 02 Jan 2011
1
0th
Intolerable Cruelty is a screwball comedy that's a little too screwy. This is a movie that can't decide what it wants to be. Some laughs here and then, and it's decently enjoyable, but it's simultaneously too generic and too weird. A weaker Coen.
Rated 19 Feb 2012
70
69th
"Intolerable Cruelty" is your typical Coen film, bastardised in order to become mainstream. Despite all the conventionalities and predictabilities (and Catherine Zeta - Jones in the female lead), "Intolerable Cruelty" delivers the goods one has come to expect from the Brothers.
Rated 05 Dec 2019
80
79th
There were some quite amusing scenes, when things turn a bit pear shaped - I enjoyed those and I also liked the madcap dream scenes. Its definitely a quirky watch but a quite entertaining one. I suppose aspects of the plot could be thought of as a bit cliched but I felt that, overall, it was a well made film, so I'd recommend it.
Rated 11 Aug 2015
90
39th
The stars are impossibly charming George Clooney and impossibly stunning Catherine Zeta-Jones. He plays Miles Massey, a killer L.A. divorce lawyer. She plays Marylin Rexroth, a gold digger ready to take her husband (Edward Herrmann) to the cleaners -- until he hires Miles and she gets screwed. Miles wants Marylin; Marylin wants revenge.
Rated 20 Feb 2014
92
96th
This film was such a beautiful story of decadence and betrayal, ending in an interesting checkmate between two very smart, savvy, and quite disgusting immoral (maybe that is a little harsh) beings. Certainly made me a bit more cautious of relationships. Not that any of it really applies to me.
Rated 29 Jan 2018
44
44th
Subversive screwball comedy about a couple of misanthropes.
Rated 05 Sep 2008
90
40th
Coen brothers brilliance !
Rated 20 Jan 2013
45
13th
As a Coen Brothers fan I was going to have to endure this eventually. Thankfully it's not quite as bad as I feared it might be, it's certainly quite a bit funnier than I was expecting. Still, there's something kind of repulsively uncharming about it - a romantic comedy isn't exactly the sort of film that can get away with having two veeeery unlikeable characters in the two lead roles. Also it feels muddled about whether it's trying to play the genre straight or be subversive. I've seen worse.
Rated 17 May 2022
42
23rd
Very over the top and silly. And it doesn't work at all.
Rated 12 Feb 2018
40
5th
I was expecting "not very good for a Coen brothers movie" instead of something bordering on unwatchable.
Rated 02 Mar 2007
70
24th
The chemistry between Clooney and Jones radiates from the screen and it truly helps the plot drive home. Had anyone else attempted to play these characters whose performance is so important in conveying the plot I just don't know that it would have worked. However there still isn't much to save this movie from the abyss of medicore romantic comedies.
Rated 18 Aug 2007
40
2nd
irritating, disappointing
Rated 04 Sep 2010
44
54th
#00s(m)#, hype, story, dir/writers Coens, casting.
Rated 23 Jan 2012
61
9th
Some good-worked irony focused on the modern relationships and theirs financial interests.
Rated 04 Mar 2009
65
57th
Tolerable, even with Cee Zee-Tee being rubbish and all.
Rated 02 Apr 2013
45
4th
The worst coen movie ever made
Rated 27 Nov 2013
62
34th
Definitely above average for a romantic comedy.
Rated 20 Dec 2009
55
3rd
A tedious romantic comedy that wastes its two stars.
Rated 05 Feb 2011
70
50th
This isn't nearly as bad as its reputation lead me to believe. George Clooney is really good. Straight man George Clooney is always good, but crazy slapstick psychopath George Clooney really cracks me up. You know, O Brother style. He's like that for the last 20 or 30 minutes here, which makes that the best part of the film. I mean, let's be serious. This is a kind of forgettable Coen Brothers movie, but it's not their worst. It was charming and clever at times, and it made me laugh.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
82
58th
I admit it's not as good as you'd expect from the Coen brothers; but apart from that it's a very enjoyable comedy. And that's not bad, folks.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
21st
Clever in parts, lackluster in others.
Rated 01 Jul 2008
45
6th
Intolerably Cruel.
Rated 24 Dec 2013
56
7th
clooney and zeta jones were both mediocre at best, and the other actors even worse. the worst thing of all perhaps was how unrealistic the dialogue, characters and relationships were. needless to say - i was strongly tempted to fast-forward to the end of this film/stop watching it all together more than once.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
2
39th
Not all bad, but you get the feeling the brothers phoned this one in.
Rated 31 Oct 2008
100
71st
I LOVE THIS FILM
Rated 14 Aug 2007
54
13th
I watched this waiting for it to take off -- great cast, great director and writer, even a smart script . . . so why do we care about these nasty people?
Rated 08 Dec 2014
67
41st
An updated, modernised spin on a 30s rom-com, awash with cynicism but also a broad parody of daytime television soap operas. Some of the plot ends up a little contrived, and the over-the-top style doesn't quite fit the film as much as the Coens would like, but it's certainly entertaining, if a little shallow.
Rated 04 May 2007
100
95th
Hilarious. Also done with such fine craftsmanship that it's like one of those mega-expensive pieces of crystal that goes PIIIIIINNNNNNGGGGG when you accidentally strike it
Rated 20 Feb 2020
43
36th
While some of the dialogue is amusing, most of it is too smug and in-on-its-own-joke for me to really enjoy... it seems the light-hearted Coen movies just aren't for me. Gotta hand to Clooney, though--he sells it with everything he's got. And the guitar-playing singing wedding preacher was pretty funny. Unexpected soundtrack track: Chopin F major Ballade, Op. 38 (minus the stormy middle section).
Rated 16 Apr 2012
79
72nd
If every time I got forced to sit through a romantic comedy by a lady it was as smart, well paced and tightly scripted as this, I would be considerably happier in most of my relationships. CZJ smoulders, Clooney sticks out his manly jaw, and they hammer their way through a quirky story like they know what they're doing. Good.
Rated 20 Feb 2010
60
17th
Ugh. A boring flick, filled with one of the most unlikeable, shallow assortments of characters I've ever seen. George Clooney's doofy man-child is annoying, Zeta-Jones' golddigger is obnoxious, and the rest of the cast doesn't fare much better. A couple gags work- and Geoffrey Rush was pretty funny- but that isn't enough to save this movie.
Rated 22 Feb 2022
70
53rd
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Rated 26 Aug 2007
25
26th
ok
Rated 26 May 2021
58
31st
Had low expectations going into this and it barely exceeded them. While Clooney is great and Zeta Jones is a capable adversary I just never bought their supposed Romantic interest. The twisty plot is largely predictable so we're left to the Coen Bros humour to save the film and it does ... just ... It took me nearly 20 years to bring myself to watch this and it'll probably be just as long before I watch it again.
Rated 08 Dec 2009
70
65th
Clooney does good and Zeta-Jones has never been more gorgeous, but overall the story is sadly not that engaging. One classic scene though: Watch for Heinz, the Baron Krauss von Espy to take the witness stand.
Rated 11 Jun 2011
80
36th
Underrated, I'd say. A great throwback to screwball films.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
31st
Not up to the Coen's usual standards, a slight but entertaining rom com
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
9th
ehhh
Rated 08 Jan 2013
70
39th
69.500
Rated 15 Jun 2014
53
32nd
Way below the Coen Brothers usual standard, and entirely forgettable, but still not awful
Rated 15 Jan 2009
90
85th
The Coens do it again. Funny funny movie
Rated 23 May 2017
68
45th
Humour is a very personal thing, and I doubt the Coens wrote this thinking, "we will label it as a comedy, but we know its not funny" ... I for one think it's an amusing, often downright humorous film with simply amazing performances by Clooney and Jones, who just sizzle on screen. Most of the humour stems from their performances and Clooneys obsession with his teeth and little head movements are wonderful. This is a true "latte" of a film; light frothy, insubstantial, but satisfying.
Rated 06 Mar 2014
60
36th
Even legends miss the mark sometimes, and such is the case for the Coens and this mediocre movie.
Rated 01 Oct 2019
60
58th
ger; [ein (un-)möglicher härtefall]; ein Scheidungsanwalt und eine Heiratsschwindlerin verlieben sich.;
Rated 08 May 2011
60
26th
Definitely not up to par with the best of the Coen bros., but really funny and charming. Just...a little bit too long, and you really buy Clooney and Zeta Jones' sexual chemistry, but they don't believably play like they could actually love each other.
Rated 02 May 2011
45
23rd
It is really one of the worst Coen brothers films, because it gives the impression that it is just not the kind of the movie they should be doing, despite some good moments -- Clooney is good -- and some good acting from the supporting characters, especially Billy Bob Thornton.
Rated 17 Sep 2017
6
65th
The scene where Clooney descends into his boss' "lair" is priceless.
Rated 20 Oct 2010
64
40th
The dialogue is zippy and almost completely hilarious - and true to Coen form, in the most ridiculous of scenarios the acting is top-notch. Thing is, some of the situations are TOO ridiculous, even in the madcap world established here. Personally, though, the positives outweigh the minuses (and wait, was that Bruce Campbell?!). Add one more to the "misunderstood subversive modern RomCom" category (along with Down With Love and Duplicity).
Rated 15 Jan 2018
30
21st
funny..it was fun to watch
Rated 18 Aug 2007
50
20th
Coen brothers are either a hit or a miss. This one was a miss.
Rated 18 Jul 2013
65
39th
Really broad for a Coen Bros. comedy, but it survives due to Clooney's comedic talents. Some good ideas, and some funny scenes make it so that its not a total time-waster.
Rated 25 May 2013
55
16th
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Rated 28 Mar 2009
80
74th
much better than I expected!
Rated 23 Sep 2010
55
23rd
Instead of a Coens movie, this one was more like a cheap imitation of one. I'm a huge Coens fan but this one was just weak..

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