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Bel Ami Reviews

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Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Robert Pattinson is bland in sex-filled costume drama.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

June 8, 2012
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An unappealing melodrama with a lethargic performance by Robert Pattinson.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 1/5

June 8, 2012
Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald

Elaborately costumed with Belgrade a posh substitute for Parisian grandeur, Bel Ami evokes a world rich in double--dealing, power plays and corrupt politics.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: B+

June 8, 2012
Todd Jorgenson

The film's lavish costumes and cinematography are compromised by a melodramatic script that mutes the passion of its characters and keeps them at an emotional distance.

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June 8, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

June 8, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Cramming over 400 pages into a little over 100 minutes not only skips over important incidents - like Georges' embarrassed return home with one love -- but rushes the characters through emotional arcs.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 8, 2012
Grae Drake

Pattinson is doing something that should be deliciously wicked and unique, but it somehow manages to be completely predictable in its unpredictability.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1/5

June 8, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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With that cast, we rightfully expect fireworks. What we get is the film equivalent of a wet blanket.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 8, 2012
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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Pattinson's callowness and tendency to play rage as petulance don't help.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 8, 2012
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Pattinson's performance is so enervated that his Georges Duroy comes across as something of a cipher.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 8, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir
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An enjoyably soapy 19th-century costume drama with a crackling, female-centric cast that features Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas.

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June 7, 2012
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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Intriguing political aspects of the story involving military designs on Morocco and the influence of the media would have more resonance if the human drama had more heft.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 7, 2012
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

June 7, 2012
Mark Jenkins
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Te casting of an inexpressive pinup boy in the lead role is the most up-to-date thing about Bel Ami. Everything else is as conventional as the plodding, pudding-thick score.

Full Review Source: NPR

June 7, 2012
Alonso Duralde
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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.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

June 7, 2012
Matt Stevens
E! Online

Sure, vampiric Pattinson cuts a striking figure in French formalwear, but he lacks the charisma and dramatic weightiness to anchor this shaky adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's novel.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: C

June 7, 2012

There's nothing inspired enough in the filmmaking or the supporting performances to suggest a different lead would've dramatically improved the overall product.

Full Review Source: HitFix | Original Score: C-

June 7, 2012
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

... best enjoyed as a period soap opera rather than literary adaptation.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C+

June 7, 2012
Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix

Seems more concerned with getting period details in place than preserving the story's power.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2/4

June 7, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Robert Pattinson isn't all that bad in "Bel Ami." He just isn't right.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

June 7, 2012
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