Director Oliver Stone got credit for directing with some verve and action, but many found the plot wanting.
But underneath all the brave chutzpah, wit, jokes and verve, it is touching, naïve and tenderly confused.
And a candidate with some verve— Michele Bachmann comes to mind—is catnip for the cameras.
It is a 25-year life of crime presented with the verve of a movie trailer—and without one hint of sanctimony.
And so the question now is not only whether Ryan can reenergize the Romney campaign with his vision and verve.
She could smile at herself again in that glass, at the colour and light and verve which had come back to her.
She is just about your size and dances with the verve of youth, which I admire extremely.
She has all the dreamy, languid grace of the South combined with the verve and force of the North.
The vigour and verve of these marching musicians is very surprising.
The pieces themselves were almost worthless; Byron would seem to have lost his verve during the removal.
1690s, "special talent in writing," from French verve "enthusiasm" (especially pertaining to the arts), in Old French "caprice, odd humor, proverb" (12c.), probably from Gallo-Romance *verva, from Latin verba "(whimsical) words," plural of verbum "word" (see verb). Meaning "mental vigor" is first recorded 1803.