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.
The creepy plot still holds a certain fascination.
| Original Score: 2/4
A sombre, manipulative affair in which the dÃ (C)cor is never allowed to usurp our interest.
Witty, entertaining, if occasionally overripe.
| Original Score: 4/5
Director Stephen Frears accelerates entertainingly through Christopher Hampton's wig-and-powder sado-comedy about sexual mind games in 18th-century France.
Tantalizingly wicked -- watching it makes the color rise to your cheeks.
An absorbing and seductive movie.
| Original Score: 3/4
| Original Score: 3.5/4