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Variety Staff
February 8, 2008
This incisive study of sex as an arena for manipulative power games takes too long to catch fire and suffers from a deficient central performance.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 8, 2008
The creepy plot still holds a certain fascination.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Emanuel Levy
April 30, 2007
Emotional cruelty through sexual manipulation is the rule of the game of this smooth transfer of Christopher Hampton's witty play, with an all-American cast, headed by Glenn Close and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Steve Grant
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A sombre, manipulative affair in which the decor is never allowed to usurp our interest.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
December 3, 2004
Splendid... full of deliciously devious characters
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
February 5, 2004
For a tragedy that carries a strong emotional kick, it's wickedly fun.
| Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
February 3, 2004
Close, Malkovich e Pfeiffer aproveitam ao máximo seus fascinantes personagens e os diálogos afiados do roteiro de Hampton, mas o filme é um pouco mais frio do que deveria.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 16, 2003
Wicked and well-appointed, this is a deliriously sinful costume a drama.
| Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 30, 2003
Its vernacular style allows the film to connect easily with present-day morals, sexual politics, and thirst for power.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Witty, entertaining, if occasionally overripe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Stephen Frears' direction is superb -- the design and lighting evoke simultaneous worlds of privilege and squalor, and while the nature of day-to-day life in 18th century France becomes readily apparent, it never becomes distracting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
July 25, 2002
Perhaps the juciest adaptation of the story that one could hope for.
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
It's like Masterpiece Theater ... but not boring!
| Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 14, 2002
A scintillating study of sexual politics that skillfully presents the cruel ways two malevolent protagonists manipulate their targets and deceive others around them.
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
If the very most basic plot is a little too much like some of those incompetently made French sex-romps that show up on late-night cable, everything else is first-rate in this production.
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Probably the best adaptation of the celebrated novel you can find.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Director Stephen Frears accelerates entertainingly through Christopher Hampton's wig-and-powder sado-comedy about sexual mind games in 18th-century France.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Tantalizingly wicked -- watching it makes the color rise to your cheeks.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
An absorbing and seductive movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Susan Granger
December 26, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
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