“ Yet, as it tells such a different story, which develops in a rather unexpected light, it did work out for me -at least more than this disastrous other mixture of pepper and sugar, The Emperor's Waltz.
“ Entertaining lightweight piece.
“ WAY Too Long .
“ It's obviously not as good as Mr. Wilder's other works, being too slow and lacking in laughs.
“ The script is well-written and the film is entertaining.
“ As a whole the film just isn't remarkable enough to reach the level of "Some Like It Hot" and "The Apartment", and it suffers from being needlessly drawn out.
“ Everything is a little too Big Hollywood, plus the high farce second half of the movie is too far-fetched to create a truly compelling entertainment, and for every well-staged bit of physical comedy there is another bit that that comes of as forced.
“ Because this film moves slowly and lacks snappy dialog delivery, it seems more contrived than comical.
“The fact that this movie is based on a musical is fascinating.
“And besides the performances, which were delicious slices of Mac Laine's "innocent baby-faced girl-next-door" Lemmon's "clumsy-struggling-everyman" periods, what I loved the most about the film, was its remarkable recreation of the post-War postcard-like Paris, where prostitution is only part of that entertaining soul dedicated to tourists, tired workers and businessmen, the sleepless Paris and its 'petites femmes'.
“ Billy Wilder's shark-jumping screwball romp set in le quartier rouge of Paris, couples for the second time the riveting pair from THE APARTMENT (1960), Lemmon plays a goofball cop Nestor Patou, only soon to be discharged from his duty by dint of his impetuous intervention of the local sex industry, and becomes a pimp of the numero uno streetwalker, our titular Irma la douce (MacLaine).
“Then he gets into a bar fight with her louse of a pimp (and damn is that a hilarious/entertaining fight, among those you never forget from the movies, serious, it's as good in its way as anything in, I don't know, Road House).
“ As for MacLaine, in a part previously meant for Marilyn Monroe, she's pleasantly at ease and injects her own touch to the cliché of the sweet prostitute with green stockings.
“ It's a pace-less, pointless, plot less, plodding...
“ It's stunning Parisian melody, written by Marguerite Monnot and arranged for film by Andre Previn, won the Oscar for best music and remains one of the finest musical scores ever.
“It's a story about romance, jealousy, unpredictable circumstances, and, a little sex.
“ Movies were heavily censored and even the media was under intense scrutiny for what topics matters it discussed.
“ Even the fight seemed tedious.
“For a Billy Wilder film, it seems very slow.
“ Irma's tear-jerking, phony stories, while the main credits still roll, could have been cut with no harm , and the same goes for the general slowness in the development, with too many too long sequences.
“ "Irma" is only worth watching only if you are fan of Lemmon, Maclaine, Billy Wilder movies, or old movies in general.
“ Although "Irma la Douce" can't quite compare to Wilder's greatest works, it's nonetheless an entertaining lightweight piece with ravishing photography, delightful performances, gorgeous set design, and a top-notch musical score.
“the movie has a long duration but because of being enjoyable,you can't feel the time.
“ The film is an unfunny, tedious drag.
“'However, this film goes on way too long.
“ Flat, long, slow, heavy, laborious.
“But it is an entertaining flick and there are some good moments.
“ The performance of both main protagonists is brilliant and the movie is quite enjoyable.
“ Even the ending seemed slow.
“ his performance is highly enjoyable and he utters some of the funniest lines in the film.
“ Nonetheless, there is a contrived air to everything that makes it impossible to suspend disbelief and immerse oneself in the drama.
“ I just saw this film for the 2nd time this week, on FLIX, and after it was over I had to jump on here to see if anyone else in the world thinks this is great, great entertaining comic-drama.