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Intolerable Cruelty

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Joel Coen

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About the Movie

It's comic gold as two of Hollywood's most dazzling stars - George Clooney and Academy Award® winner, Catherine Zeta-Jones - light up the screen in Intolerable Cruelty, a hilarious romantic comedy about men, women, and everything that can go wrong between them. Sparks fly when brilliant divorce attorney Miles Massey (Clooney) meets his match in the beautiful but ruthless Marylin Rexroth (Zeta-Jones). From Academy Award®-winning directors Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (Fargo; O Brother, Where Art Thou?), Intolerable Cruelty also stars multi-talented Billy Bob Thornton and outrageous Cedric The Entertainer.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 180
  • Fresh: 135
  • Rotten: 45
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Here's an anomaly: a comedy about smart people. – Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Not brilliantly funny nor incisively clever, Intolerable Cruelty is still moderately satirical and laugh-out-loud enjoyable. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones square off deliciously, but this '30s-style battle of the sexes from the Coen brothers never catches fire. – Charles Taylor,, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: This dim-witted, mean-spirited and brain-dead calamity should surprise no one. – Rex Reed, New York Observer, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Favorite comedy of all time

Unbelievably funny, best lawyer send-up ever. You will really find this funny if 1) you are a lawyer or 2) have been divorced. It's hard to believe that someone could give this movie one star, but maybe my sense of humor is weirder than most. The Cohen Brothers are firing on all cylinders in this one. I think the chemistry between Clooney and Zeta-Jones is incredibly hot. And Billy Bob Thornton is hysterical. But the best of all is Clooney's lawyer pal, played by Paul Adelstein. Also amazing are Cedric the Entertainer, Edward Hermann, and Geoffrey Rush. There is not a weak character in this movie.

Great lines, lousy title

This movie sticks with you, has great, snappy dialogue and a super cast. Plot's a bit flimsy, it's not really about that - this movie delivers from the opening scene (brilliant G. Rush) to a great finale with Cedric all to the tunes of Simon & Garfunkel - brilliant

If only Paul McCartney had seen this film first!

Like Scorsese's "After Hours," this is an overlooked classic from the top of the director's A-list - in this case the Coen Bros. I have to agree they didn;t help themselves with the title. Anyone who is married, been married, may one day be married - or know anyone who IS married should see it.

Intolerable Cruelty
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2003

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