And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen... 2002

Critics score:
49 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Connie Ogle, Miami Herald: A trite, unfocused but elegant shell of a story. Read more

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: Charming, glamorous, emotionally suggestive but slight. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: The film goes on too long and adds up to very little, but the director's undisguised pleasure in filming the world of his grandiose, sentimental dreams is contagious. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: According to common usage, the French word stupide comes closer to silly than to dumb, which is how I might rationalize my affection for this harebrained, obvious, but euphoric tale. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: Watching it is like flipping through the heavy fashion mag of your choice, in which scores of ad pages sometimes turn up an article or two. Read more

Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times: Lelouch has managed to be fresh and original while being true to his own romantic tradition. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: A beautifully crafted meditation on memory, fate, coincidence and yearning. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: This man and woman are so silly, and their story of fated love so goopy. Read more

Ray Conlogue, Globe and Mail: A would-be ribald comic film that never gets very funny, mated with a love story that never ignites, mixed in with what seems to be a tale of magic and fantasy that never quite admits its presence. Read more

Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News: Luxurious but languid. Read more

Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly: For those of us who find Lelouch an unbreakable habit -- the guiltiest of guilty pleasures -- watching And Now Ladies & Gentlemen comes close to sheer moviegoing bliss. Read more

Jan Stuart, Newsday: After an erratic run of screen appearances, Irons delivers a full-blooded star turn, riding on vast reserves of charm and riddled with question marks. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: It's not an unpleasant way to spend two hours in a theater. Read more

Jami Bernard, New York Daily News: The tone moves from gently jocular ... to mystically morose ... and that creates a jarring effect from which the movie does not recover. Read more

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer: Mr. Lelouch seems to have indulged Ms. Kaas and Mr. Irons beyond any rational narrative consideration. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: The core relationship is what makes the movie with this ill-advised title a well-advised choice. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: I can't quite recommend the movie, but I confess a certain fugitive affection for it. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: It's silly the way hope, optimism and love are silly: silly and rather wonderful. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: It's a sparkling mix of romance, comedy and drama, with gorgeous stars, breathtaking locations and a tricky story structure that eludes every effort to guess what might happen next. Read more

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Read more

Daphne Gordon, Toronto Star: One minute, the film is funny. The next it's romantic. For a few seconds, it's suspenseful. Other times, it's philosophical. But mostly, it's just confusing. Read more

Derek Elley, Variety: A good-looking but slim confection that's short on the multi-characterisation and sense of entwined destinies that mark the great Lelouch sagas. Read more

J. Hoberman, Village Voice: A pleasant vacation for the cast, no doubt -- but not the audience. Read more

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post: An ungodly hash of comedy, romantic drama, musical and mystery thriller. Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: Pretentious if attractive nonsense, an exercise in vanity, indulgence and a startling degree of shallowness. Read more