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Bel Ami

5/10
Romance . History . Drama
 

A chronicle of a young man's rise to power in Paris via his manipulation of the city's most influential and wealthy women.

 
Actors: Anthony Higgins , James Lance , Philip Glenister , Colm Meaney , Holliday Grainger , Natalia Tena , Kristin Scott Thomas , Uma Thurman , Christina Ricci , Robert Pattinson
Directors: Declan Donnellan , Nick Ormerod
Country: UK , ITALY
Release: 2012-03-09
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  • Mick LaSalle

    What distinguishes Pattinson in the role is the sense he conveys of someone roiling and churning beneath a surface that is almost, but not quite, calm.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    This new Bel Ami has a lot to recommend it, but it never seems as artful or smart as "Dangerous Liaisons," the film it most resembles.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Michelle Orange

    On the whole Bel Ami is highly watchable.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    Thurman, Meaney and Scott Thomas acquit themselves well, while Ricci's Clotilde is sweet yet posed. Pattinson, who has delivered some strong performances in non-"Twilight" fare, might be exploring the flip side of the Team Edward swoon factor but, finally, his Georges is merely vampiric.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Jane Crowther

    A good-looking yet curiously tame adaptation of a saucy classic that showcases Pattinson's ambition if not his full abilities.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Ben Sachs

    The supposedly cunning protagonist registers as a cipher, and the directors' tendency to shoot dialogue scenes in close-up blunts any understanding of the social milieu he's trying to conquer.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The surprise for me is Christina Ricci, who I think of as undernourished and nervous, but who flowers here in warm ripeness.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Robert Pattinson isn't all that bad in Bel Ami. He just isn't right.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    A coherent characterization of Robert Pattinson's striving schemer is nowhere to be found in this pedestrian period piece.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    At least the set design and costumes are excellent. The movie feels overstuffed and undercooked but it always looks nice.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The cast is intriguing, with Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas as the targets of Pattinson's ambitious amour. But they're not given a whole lot to do -- at least not much that's interesting.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    Although this is potentially juicy stuff, it is as dry and tasteless as a shrunken piece of fruit left in the refrigerator far too long.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    He's neither a fun villain or a secret good guy; the movie feels like a senseless venture because, even with his pants down on top of Clotilde or manhandling Virginie, he's the dullest scoundrel around.

    Time Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Though gorgeous to look at, the first feature from Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod has an undeniable void at its very center: an utterly blank leading man.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • 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.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Eric Hynes

    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.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • David Rooney

    A flavorless literary adaptation sunk by a lead actor, screenwriter and co-directors that are all out of their depth.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • 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.

    Empire Full Review
  • 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.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • 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.

    Variety Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    It's just that Pattinson's performance is so enervated that his Georges Duroy comes across as something of a cipher. He's not quite alive, yet also clearly not dead, given the amount of sex he has. He's undead, or at least uninteresting.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Farran Smith Nehme

    Bel Ami is handsome enough, although the directorial skill runs mostly to careful framing of magnificent bosoms, Pattinson's included.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    With that cast, we rightfully expect fireworks. What we get is the film equivalent of a wet blanket.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Laughably bad adaptation of a Guy de Maupassant novel.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

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

    indieWIRE Full Review
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  • 3. Its Not Enough To Be Loved The Wedding Bel Ami Reprise Performer: Rachel Portman & David Snell Stream Music Online
  • 14. La Vie Francaise Celebration Performer: Lakshman Joseph De Saram & David Snell Stream Music Online
  • 21. Georges Meets Madeleine I Like Being a Journalist Performer: Lakshman Joseph De Saram & David Snell Stream Music Online
  • 26. It's Not Enough To Be Loved / The Wedding / Bel Ami Reprise Performer: Rachel Portman & David Snell Stream Music Online
  • 29. La Vie Francaise / Celebration Performer: Lakshman Joseph De Saram & David Snell Stream Music Online
  • 32. Beggar / Charles Is Dying Performer: Lakshman Joseph De Saram & David Snell Stream Music Online
  • 33. Georges Meets Madeleine / I Like Being a Journalist Performer: Lakshman Joseph De Saram & David Snell Stream Music Online