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Bel Ami

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United Kingdom, Italy · 2012
Rated R · 1h 42m
Director Nick Ormerod, Declan Donnellan
Starring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci, Kristin Scott Thomas
Genre Romance, Drama

Georges Duroy travels through 1890s Paris, from cockroach ridden garrets to opulent salons, using his wits and powers of seduction to rise from poverty to wealth, from a prostitute’s embrace to passionate trysts with wealthy beauties, in a world where politics and media jostle for influence, where sex is power and celebrity an obsession.

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Village Voice by

Its the ladies who are worth tracking here, from Ricci's understated sensuality to Thomas's fragile angularity. They've supplemented beauty with good old-fashioned acting chops, something their cover-boy co-star would be wise to emulate.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Pattinson portrays the monotonous Georges Duroy in two equally dry modes: scowls and smirks.


Variety by Justin Chang

"I had no conception of the depths of your emptiness!" a character shrieks in Bel Ami, and her words take on an unintended resonance as addressed to Robert Pattinson in the lead role.


Time Out by Keith Uhlich

The satire rarely stings, as first-time feature directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod give a polite Masterpiece Theatre gloss to this most impolite of tales.


Empire by Olly Richards

Even with a strong cast to gild its endless chambers and salons, there's barely a spark of soul to fuel its story. Pattinson is no Malkovich either.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

Robert Pattinson has to do an awful lot of hollow-eyed smouldering in this hammily enunciated French period drama, taken from the 1885 novel by Guy de Maupassant.

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