'Cheri' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   2 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   134 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    These two lovebirds are playfully mismatched, and that's just why they fall for each other.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    Cheri, like the character, is an entertaining bauble without much on its mind.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Melissa Anderson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    Like the exquisite costumes, the scenery is as gorgeous as most of the cast, providing the perfect backdrop for some unabashed escapism.
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  • Christopher Kelly Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    60
    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.
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  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    50
    With nothing truly at risk of being lost, we're left to ask, why are we here?
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    The success of Stephen Frears' film Cheri begins with its casting.
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  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    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.
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  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    On the page the narrator's tone is clearer than it is on-screen, where images dominate dialogue.
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  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    Cheri is a sad, intelligent film about coming of age late in life, looking in the mirror and wondering, "What happened?"
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  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    42
    There just isn't enough beneath the surface in Cheri to justify all the talent on hand.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    Cheri is a serviceable period piece, but not much more.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    It's hard to believe that the smart Lea would remain interested for six hours, much less six years, with the vapid Cheri.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Bruce Demara Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Stephen Cole Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    Cheri really doesn't work because its central love story lacks dramatic force or even enough fun scenes to keep us going.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Cheri is a perfect example of a movie that gets many of the details right and the vibe all wrong.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    Cheri is an engaging romantic melodrama that provides an authentic sense of time and place.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    A smart and lushly romantic film adaptation of a Colette story of a doomed love.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    The film itself, though, is all dressed up with nowhere to go.
    Full Review » 5 years ago