“Short Review Based On Rankings”
“Don't You Find That When The Skin Is A Little Less Firm, It Holds Perfume So Much Better?”
These two lovebirds are playfully mismatched, and that's just why they fall for each other.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
In Cheri you see the frailty and the strength, yet you rarely experience either with the depth of feeling you might because of the palpable uneasiness surrounding her performance.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Michelle Pfeiffer deserved the finest vehicle for her comeback. This is the film-equivalent of a knackered Trabant with four bald tyres and a farting exhaust.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Cheri, like the character, is an entertaining bauble without much on its mind.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
The movie bogs down by going nowhere other than inside its characters, who are intensely passionate but of an era more curious than emotionally relevant.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
If the movie were better -- less swoony, more relentless -- it might be unbearable to watch. As it is, Cheri touches on the insecure egotism of courtesans and movie stars with a knowing firmness.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Pfeiffer, uncertain how to convey the older, wiser erotomane, resorts to sounding like Samantha Jones auditioning for Masterpiece Theater, her decolletage the only part of this movie getting any air.
Melissa Anderson - Village Voice
Like the exquisite costumes, the scenery is as gorgeous as most of the cast, providing the perfect backdrop for some unabashed escapism.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Pfeiffer is curiously cold and brittle, while Friend never allows us to feel his character's anguish when he realizes the error of leaving Lea.
Christopher Kelly - Dallas Morning News
With nothing truly at risk of being lost, we're left to ask, why are we here?
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
It's not a good sign when you have to take the movie's word for it that the lovers at its center are really, really into each other.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
The success of Stephen Frears' film Cheri begins with its casting.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
This costume drama doesn't have nearly as much bite as [Dangerous Liaisons], though the age reversal of its central romance gives it a certain topicality.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
On the page the narrator's tone is clearer than it is on-screen, where images dominate dialogue.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Cheri is a sad, intelligent film about coming of age late in life, looking in the mirror and wondering, "What happened?"
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
There just isn't enough beneath the surface in Cheri to justify all the talent on hand.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Cheri is a serviceable period piece, but not much more.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
It's hard to believe that the smart Lea would remain interested for six hours, much less six years, with the vapid Cheri.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Frears and his Liaisons screenwriter, Christopher Hampton, give us a period piece in which the settings are fab, but the liaisons aren't dangerous, or even romantic.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
By the end, it almost seems as if Frears has wearied of the tale, bringing in the narrator to dispatch Cheri to his fate (an unhappy one) in a few well-modulated sentences.
Bruce Demara - Toronto Star
Cheri really doesn't work because its central love story lacks dramatic force or even enough fun scenes to keep us going.
Stephen Cole - Globe and Mail
Cheri is a perfect example of a movie that gets many of the details right and the vibe all wrong.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Cheri is an engaging romantic melodrama that provides an authentic sense of time and place.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A smart and lushly romantic film adaptation of a Colette story of a doomed love.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
The film itself, though, is all dressed up with nowhere to go.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
The movie speaks to issues of traditional desirability and dignity, specifically to the point in a woman's life when she either makes decisions about how well those two qualities can exist together or has them made for her.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
With Pfeiffer, 50, radiating uncommon beauty, grace and feeling, Frears uncovers a fragile story's grieving heart.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
It's the kind of refined, delicate acting Pfeiffer does so well, and it's a further reminder of how much we've missed her since she's been away.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
- Sight and Sound
Nicolas Rapold - Time Out
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out
Insubstantial bit of fluff, with whores sitting around dishing each other.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
For a movie that is so steeped in sex and carries an R rating, there's a pretty scant amount of titillating sex.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Gallic liaisons that aren't especially dangerous - or intriguing.
Don Groves - sbs.com.au
Un correcto cuadro de epoca, entre la comedia picaresca y el drama romantico, con solo una excusa para verlo: el regreso protagonico de Michelle Pfeiffer.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
Director Stephen Frears made a nice job of The Queen but this is 'King awful.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
Frears does a fine job of capturing the look of turn-of-the-century France, as well as the essence of Colette's story.
James Plath - DVDTown.com
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
Clever, charming, and slightly superficial, Cheri is the kind of pert period piece that gets by on a great deal of creative goodwill.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
(T)he chemistry of these performers makes it not just believable but almost inevitable: emotionally guarded beauties who inadvertently allow affection into their relationship.
Sean Axmaker - Seanax.com
Scene after scene unfolds, with colourful costumes, attractive sets, knowing glances and innuendo, but also a feeling that this is a pedestrian read-through of a stage play.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
A limp whore's tale set in the turn of the 20th-century in Paris.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
The film is a comedy of manners with a powerful undercurrent of tragedy. Cheri is funny, sad and charming, and the ending may shock you.
David Stratton - The Australian
Sadly the few good elements of Cheri only serve to highlight the films considerable inadequacies, and the only bedroom-based action it will inspire is a comforting nap, possibly before the end of the film.
Giles Hardie - Sydney Morning Herald
What a drag it is getting old.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Remember Boyle and MacDonald's names: you'll be hearing them a lot when awards season comes around.
Nick Dent - Time Out Sydney
The challenge here is to make a film in which the protagonists frequently say one thing and feel another. It's a film which has to work on two levels, and it does.
Julie Rigg - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Stretching out like a cat on the wide screen, Michelle Pfeiffer shows off her durable glamour in the star role of Lea de Lonval, a high-class courtesan in pre-World War I France.
Jake Wilson - The Age (Australia)
While it's not likely to be as admired as much as his Dangerous Liaisons, Frears - who is heard as the narrator - has given audiences an elegant treat that's easy to escape into, and there are skilful performances by the entire ensemble.
Des Partridge - Courier Mail (Australia)
A disappointing script lets down the film despite its lavish costuming and consummate cast.
Brian Duff - FILMINK (Australia)
The intense chemistry between Pfeiffer and Friend is what really elevates Cheri above the sum of its slender parts.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
At the centre of this film is the luminous Pfeiffer who knows only too well the ravages of time in an industry where youth and beauty are so valued.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
Unlike [Michelle] Pfeiffer, the script for Cheri has a tendency to sag noticeably here and there. She manages to pull the most out of it, however.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
If the devil is in the detail, this is a devil of a film
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Lying on a mattress and staring out with inarticulate wistfulness is to this film what answering the phone and marveling at the odd stag were to Frears's The Queen.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
The camera's gaze is so steady in the lengthy final shot that we can't help but notice the imperfections in even Pfeiffer's famously lovely aspect, especially when the only noise we hear on the soundtrack is the muffled but ruthless ticking of a clock.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Frears revels in the painted silks and hothouse flowers of the era ... Friend often seems carved from alabaster... Pfeiffer is ... [t]rue to Colette's vision ... alternately steely and pliable, willing to bend yet unable to break.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Cheri's saga of bad parenting ostensibly has to do with designs and rituals of love.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
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Jeffrey M. Anderson - Cinematical
A story that's as fragile as petals dropping from a flower.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Frears and Hampton are never able to balance the dramatic and comic elements, and the film feels dour and unpleasant.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
A movie like Cheri needs the time and space of The Age of Innocence. Instead, it's rushed along in an hour and 40 minutes.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
It's all about the wicked game of seduction, but there's a distinct unease about Pfeiffer's performance that permeates and dilutes this sophisticated yet poignant concept.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Lacks the precision and control of this same team's randy vicious Dangerous Liaisons but thanks to the lead actors, it stings and lingers
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
There's no depth to the surface machinations, no sense that the central romance features fully formed individuals connecting on an elemental level.
Robert Levin - Film School Rejects
Thanks to a radiant performance from Michelle Pfeiffer, 'Cheri' occasionally overcomes a storyline that never quite develops momentum.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
If I conclude that the film is ultimately a touch on the trivial side, I do not believe that I am accusing it of anything that the filmmakers didn't intend it to be.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
I had to drag David kicking and screaming to see this film. What he doesn't understand is that I find films such as "Cheri" lush and sumptuous.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Pfeiffer and Friend are captivating in every scene they share.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Purportedly a tale of seething emotions, Cheri almost never registers love or anguish. It's banal.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Where is the passion? Where is the heat?
Ben Lyons - At the Movies
Michelle Pfeiffer is quite good, but the script leaves Kathy Bates -- talented as she is -- with a bit of a cartoonish performance.
Ben Mankiewicz - At the Movies
If ever there was a role to be cast based solely on looks, it's Colette's Cheri.
Kent Turner - Film-Forward.com
While Cheri occasionally plods along, Pfeiffer and Friend make up for those flaws by creating a passionate sexual chemistry on screen.
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
Modestly engaging story is enriched by delicious acting to become a good adult alternative to Transformers and Hogwarts this summer.
Pete Hammond - Back Stage
All the frilly hats, teasingly lit sex and delicious turns of phrases can't inject this adaptation of Colette's novel with enough drama to sustain its tight running time.
Justin Strout - Orlando Weekly
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Pfeiffer unfortunately has to share the screen with Rupert Friend, whose Cheri is a callow cad who needs nothing so much as a good slap...the movie suffers as a result.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Jonathan Kiefer - Sacramento News & Review
Dave White - Movies.com
Coco Forsythe - Future Movies UK
[Pfeiffer's] latest film, Cheri, finds her at the height of her ability, in a role worthy of her maturity and emotional intelligence.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Doesn't so much get anything wrong; it just fails to go oh so right.
Peter Canavese - Palo Alto Weekly
This wonderfully gifted actress, whose beauty has sometimes distracted from her abilities, here makes Cheri something rare and haunting.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Stephen Schaefer - Boston Herald
Stellar cast, topnotch director, impressive design%u2014all the components for a rich satisfying movie, but without a compelling story it's somewhat forgettable.
Annie Young Frisbie - Christianity Today
- National Post
Whereas Liaisons mixed cruelty, wit, sensuality and drama into a deliciously tart frappe, Cheri is pretty, tepid and dull, enlivened only intermittently by drolleries plucked whole from the Colette tales on which it is based.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Parental Content Review
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Getting to see Michelle Pfeiffer in a big role is almost worth sitting though Cheri. But not quite.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Sex, money and power are at the heart of the story in Cheri. What's not to like?
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Cheri may be too leisurely paced for the Fast & Furious and Terminator Salvation crowd. But if you're in the mood for a warm bath rather than a quick shower, you might find this bittersweet period piece quite moving.
Calvin Wilson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
The miscast Kathy Bates' incongruous turn (she's about as French as Captain America) provides some unexpected relief in this cinematic flatline.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
A cold fish. It just lies there, too lethargic to be funny and too timid to be sexy, but not deep enough for any real drama.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Cheri strikes a jarring note right from the start.
Dan Callahan - Slant Magazine
With its disconnected tones, Cheri really feels like a film that can't do more than one thing at a time.
Nicolas Rapold - Time Out New York
Lively, clever and beautiful in all ways, from its diverse cast to its period Parisian setting, Cheri is a worthy adaptation of the 1920 novel by French novelist Colette.
Steve Ramos - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Frears takes Hampton's wet-lipped hint and bathes the film in a booze-soaked haze of opulence and intolerance, employing masterful cinematographer Darius Khondji to deliver bold images.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com