Warm cinematography, delectable interplay between Clooney and Zeta-Jones, and some suave intertextuality (allusions to Edgar Allen Poe's 'The Purloined Letter'), but it lacks the spark of Clooney's previous outing in 'Out of Sight' alongside Jennifer Lopez. It feels like a tale that could have gone deeper, but played safe with screwball comedy tropes.
Maligned and misunderstood upon release, INTOLERABLE CRUELTY examines the fickle nature of marriage, money and love, tongue firmly in cheek. Example: George Clooney's obsession with his teeth ends only after he has "mounted" Catherine Zeta Jones, who has never looked this good (thanks Roger Deakins). Such character nuances exist within a broader zany world the Coens suggest is much closer to real life than you think.