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Robert Pattinson is bland in sex-filled costume drama.
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Rotten: The results aren't ribald or provocative or particularly exciting in any way; it's just a slog that will appeal mainly to enthusiasts of 19th-century undergarments.
- Alonso Duralde, The Wrap, Thursday, June 7, 2012
Fresh: An enjoyably soapy 19th-century costume drama with a crackling, female-centric cast that features Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas.
- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Thursday, June 7, 2012
Rotten: 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.
- Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, Thursday, June 21, 2012
Possessed by love. Consumed by desire. Not so great of a movie! The choice of Robert Pattinson as the hero, or antihero of Guy de Maupassant's novel is probably the main reason for the overall failure of the movie adaptation. Missing the artistic maturity necessary to sustain the depth of a complex character, he seems to feel uncomfortable in his role, and whereas at the beginning his pale, embarrassed face and posture may be suitable for the part of a former poor soldier entering the glittering world of high society, once he is part of it, those same face and posture reveal his true feeling ill at ease in what is a totally unsuitable role for him. That's why the story, centred on his figure, develops in a boring, pedantic way, showing no punch and no real pathos, in search for a bounce that never comes. Nothing to say against the brilliant female performances,the frivolous Christina Ricci is the only one who enlivens the pale and inexpressive face of Georges, but Uma Thurman and Kristin Scott Thomas compete for the best performance, the first perfect in the role of the ambiguous Madeleine, and the latter courageous in her role of an ageing married woman, losing her mind for a young lover, and the last scene with her dressed in black at her daughter's marriage to Georges proves the only vivid moment within the whole picture. Georges Duroy is a penniless soldier returning from war. He travels to Paris in a search for ways to improve his social and financial status. He uses his wit and powers of seduction to charm wealthy women.
- MANUGINO, Tuesday, November 27, 2012
A rushed and insipid soap-opera with lame perfomances, especially by Robert Pattinson, who is a terrible actor and is completely miscast as an ambitious seducer - unable to show how his character feels and what could possibly draw those refined women to him.
- blacksheepboy, Thursday, July 5, 2012
A drama starring Robert Pattinson is not an easy task, and the directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod had a difficulty convincing me that he was the perfect match for Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci and Colm Meaney. I watched it to the end wishing a little bit more but it was always lacking full satisfaction. The story is based on the 1885 French novel of the same name by Guy de Maupassant which is a wonderful and very enjoyable work... while the film Bel Ami contains more soapy pleasures rushing through the real story. Robert Pattinson was in a role of Georges Duroy (Pattinson describes Duroy as being "completely amoral"), Uma Thurman was Madeleine Forestier, Duroy's secret love interest, and later wife, Kristin Scott Thomas was Madame Walter, whose lover Duroy becomes to further his interests, Christina Ricci as Clotilde de Marelle, who even though married genuinely loves Duroy, and Colm Meaney as Rousset. Not a bad casting. It was obvious that directors targeted the art film audience, premiering the film out of competition at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival, but not many could see the artistic value in it. To me, it seems that 9 million could be spent on something with more substance. Watchable, but not special.
- panta2, Friday, November 9, 2012