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Bel Ami


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Release Date :

June 08, 2012 (Limited)

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Director :

Declan Donnellan, Nick Ormerod

Starring :

Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci, Colm Meaney, Natalia Tena, Philip Glenister, Holliday Grainger, James Lance, Philip Glenister

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

1.5 of 4

“..what we get is the film equivalent of a wet blanket..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]
1 of 5

“..this "Bel Ami" reconfigures the deft rogue Georges Duroy into a petulant, truculent cipher..”
by Glenn Kenny [MSN Movies]
1.5 of 4

“..they are wealthy (or aspire to wealth), they are ambitious, they are beautiful, and they are a dreadful bore..”
by Steven Rea [Philadelphia Inquirer]
“..there's more sex and nudity in the movie than was allowed to Maupassant or in '40s Hollywood..”
by Mark Jenkins [NPR]
“..the tone of the film sometimes feels overly arch and dry..”
by Andrew O'Hehir [Salon.com]
2 of 4

“..the film’s extremely professional and a little hesitant, and it leans much too hard on a swooning score by Rachel Portman and Lakshman Joseph de Saram..”
by Ty Burr [Boston Globe]
2 of 5

“..the fault really lies with the filmmakers, who were more interested in his name and fan base than his suitability..”
by Elizabeth Weitzman [New York Daily News]
1.5 of 4

“..suffers from the lack of a relatable protagonist, or at least one with a beating heart..”
by Michael O'Sullivan [Washington Post]
“..so skimpy in its character development and social observation that it plays like a lavishly illustrated outline that leaves you to fill in the blanks..”
by Stephen Holden [New York Times]
“..reality check: Robert Pattinson and John Malkovich; very different generations of le sex machine Francaise..”
by Mary F. Pols [TIME Magazine]
“..not helping matters is the vacant Pattinson, who seems hidden behind a mask of his own face..”
by Eric Hynes [Village Voice]
“..intriguing political aspects of the story involving military designs on Morocco and the influence of the media would have more resonance if the human drama had more heft..”
by Sheri Linden [Los Angeles Times]
2.5 of 5

“.."Bel Ami" is perhaps a step away from Edward for Pattinson, which is fine, but it's not much else, just yadda yadda yadda in sumptuous costumes..”
by Bill Goodykoontz [Arizona Republic]

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