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Femme Fatale (2002)



Critic Consensus: The thriller Femme Fatale is overheated, nonsensical, and silly.

Movie Info

A contemporary film noir about an alluring seductress named Laure Ash. A sultry former jewel thief and con woman trying to live the straight life, Laure is suddenly exposed to the world--and her enemies--by a voyeuristic photographer, Nicholas Bardo, who takes a sudden interest in her. Seen as a dangerous individual dressed in black, Nicholas is always hounding her, attempting to reveal Laure for what she really is--a born manipulator. As Nicholas tries to determine her true intentions, he begins to uncover some dangerous secrets. Her shadowy life of deceit had also spawned vengeful co-conspirators who will neither forget, nor forgive her lies. Laure's shady past comes back to haunt her, and soon thereafter, Nicholas becomes ensnared in her surreal quest for revenge.more
Rating: R (for strong sexuality, violence and language)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Brian DePalma
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 25, 2003
Box Office: $6.5M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Rebecca Romijn
as Laure/Lily
Antonio Banderas
as Nicolas Bardo
Eriq Ebouaney
as Black Tie
Rie Rasmussen
as Veronica
Fiona Curzon
as Stanfield Phillips
Gilles Jacob
as Himself
Jean-Marc Mineo
as Seated Guard
Jaoquina Balaunde
as Woman in Panic
Jean Chatel
as Cannes Commentator
Stephane Petit
as Bodyguard One
Olivier Follet
as Bodyguard Two
Philippe Guegan
as Bespectacled Man
Denis Hecker
as TV Moderator
Laurence Breheret
as Flight Attendant
Salvatore Ingoglia
as Truck Driver
Matthew Geczy
as Embassy Guard
Jo Prestia
as Napoleon
David Belle
as French Policeman
Francoise Michaud
as Woman With Blind Man
Alain Figlarz
as Sex Shop Man
Bart De Palma
as Power Room Guard
Valérie Maës
as The Blonde at the Re...
David Cuny
as Groom Hotel Sheraton
Eric Fesais
as Policeman
Bertrand Merignac
as Photographer
Dan Herzberg
as Surveillance Room Gu...
Sam Olivier
as Surveillance Room Gu...
Pascal Ondicolberry
as Surveillance Room Gu...
Gerard Renault
as Surveillance Room Gu...
Joaquina Balaunde
as Woman in Panic
Ugne Andrikonyte
as Festival Guest
Faco Hanela
as Poster Man
Pascale Jacquemot
as Medium on TV Show
Matilde Tancredi
as Medium on TV Show
Pascale Jacquemont
as Medium on TV Show
Serge Gonnin
as Thierry
Sandrine Bonnaire
as Special Guest Cannes...
Régis Wargnier
as Special Guest Cannes...
Daniel Millgram
as Pierre/Bartender
Beata Sonczuk-Ben Am...
as Special Guest Cannes...
Yves Marmion
as Special Guest Cannes...
Ada Marmion
as Special Guest Cannes...
Leonardo de la Fuent...
as Special Guest Cannes...
Stephen Van Nukerk
as Special Guest Cannes...
Driki Van Zyl
as Special Guest Cannes...
Pascal Silvestre
as Special Guest Cannes...
Henri Ernst
as Special Guest Cannes...
Olivier Albou
as Special Guest Cannes...
Stephen Van Nietert
as Special Guest Cannes...
Emilie Chatel
as Special Guest Cannes...
Dorothee Grosjean
as Special Guest Cannes...
Chloe Cremont
as Special Guest Cannes...
Justine Renard
as Special Guest Cannes...
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Critic Reviews for Femme Fatale

All Critics (146) | Top Critics (39)

I found myself capitulating to its inspired formalist madness -- something I've resisted in [De Palma's] films for the past 30-odd years.

Full Review… | November 15, 2002
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Flies completely off of the rails, morphing from tantalizing trash to nowhere nonsense.

Full Review… | January 29, 2009

Brian De Palma returns in full style with his best movie since Scarface.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Rebecca Romijn's sexy performance will no doubt mercifully distract some viewers from the silly story, overblown melodrama, and general cheesiness.

September 9, 2003
Radio Free Entertainment

Like a great bottle of low-cost wine, it's a sexy, silly, thrilling indulgence to satisfy your cravings.

Full Review… | August 3, 2003
Apollo Guide

This script is as oblique as it is pretentious.

Full Review… | April 5, 2003
Killer Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Femme Fatale


It really feels like a lot of Brian De Palmaâ??s early work, playing around with the Noir genre and fitting it into a modern caper/thriller. The visual style is beautiful, even more than usual due to the fact that itâ??s filmed in breathtaking areas in Cannes. The story is extremely fun and keeps you guessing along the way. The acting is decent, Rebecca Romijn clearly wasnâ??t that experienced at the time, but more of her work is visual anyway. Iâ??m also not a huge fan of Antonio Banderas, but he was actually very good in this. While itâ??s not a perfect movie, itâ??s definitely worthwhile and a return to the past for De Palma.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Outstanding! The opening stole my attention already.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer


A pretty decent sultry thriller directed by Brian DePalma. A jewel thief tries to cover her past but a chance photo of her alerts the people she has crossed before. Enjoyable if not quite a classic but I do like the ending and Rebecca Romijn suits the role to a T before her success as Mystique in the X-Men series.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

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