Owen Gleiberman
July 16, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

De-Lovely

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
124 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/25/04
performer
Ashley Judd, Kevin Kline, Natalie Cole, Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Angie Hill, Alanis Morissette, Jonathan Pryce
director
Irwin Winkler
distributor
MGM
author
Jay Cocks
genre
musical, Drama

We gave it a B+

Kevin Kline makes Cole Porter a playful sweet-and-sour sophisticate who marries Linda Lee (Ashley Judd) yet has no guilt about acting out his desires for men. We can accept this tidy version of Porter’s life because the songs so fully express his spirit.

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