Bel Ami Reviews

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Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
June 8, 2012
Robert Pattinson is bland in sex-filled costume drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
June 8, 2012
An unappealing melodrama with a lethargic performance by Robert Pattinson.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald
June 8, 2012
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 | Original Score: B+
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
June 8, 2012
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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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 8, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 8, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Grae Drake
Movies.com
June 8, 2012
Pattinson is doing something that should be deliciously wicked and unique, but it somehow manages to be completely predictable in its unpredictability.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 8, 2012
With that cast, we rightfully expect fireworks. What we get is the film equivalent of a wet blanket.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
June 8, 2012
Pattinson's callowness and tendency to play rage as petulance don't help.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 8, 2012
Pattinson's performance is so enervated that his Georges Duroy comes across as something of a cipher.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 7, 2012
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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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
June 7, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 7, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
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June 7, 2012
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.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
June 7, 2012
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.
Matt Stevens
E! Online
June 7, 2012
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 | 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 | Original Score: C-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 7, 2012
... best enjoyed as a period soap opera rather than literary adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix
June 7, 2012
Seems more concerned with getting period details in place than preserving the story's power.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 7, 2012
Robert Pattinson isn't all that bad in "Bel Ami." He just isn't right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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