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For those interested in more details, my review is here. The dialogue is sharp, the plot swerves are clever, and Clooney is as appealing as ever. The movie is just caught betwixt and between, not romantic enough to be a romantic comedy and not quite dark enough to be a black comedy.
It's hard not to wonder whether another director might have been more suited to the material, perhaps by warming up its chilliness a bit. It's as if the brothers have their own cinematic version of the uncanny valley , and Intolerable Cruelty fell smack dab in the middle of it.
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