Robert Pattinson is bland in sex-filled costume drama.
| Original Score: 2/5
An unappealing melodrama with a lethargic performance by Robert Pattinson.
| Original Score: 1/5
Elaborately costumed with Belgrade a posh substitute for Parisian grandeur, Bel Ami evokes a world rich in double--dealing, power plays and corrupt politics.
| Original Score: B+
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.
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Pattinson is doing something that should be deliciously wicked and unique, but it somehow manages to be completely predictable in its unpredictability.
With that cast, we rightfully expect fireworks. What we get is the film equivalent of a wet blanket.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Pattinson's callowness and tendency to play rage as petulance don't help.
Pattinson's performance is so enervated that his Georges Duroy comes across as something of a cipher.
An enjoyably soapy 19th-century costume drama with a crackling, female-centric cast that features Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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.
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.
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.
| Original Score: C
There's nothing inspired enough in the filmmaking or the supporting performances to suggest a different lead would've dramatically improved the overall product.
| Original Score: C-
... best enjoyed as a period soap opera rather than literary adaptation.
| Original Score: C+
Seems more concerned with getting period details in place than preserving the story's power.
| Original Score: 2/4
Robert Pattinson isn't all that bad in "Bel Ami." He just isn't right.