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Bel Ami Reviews

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Jason Best
Movie Talk
July 24, 2012
As a caddish young man who seduces his way up the social ladder in late-19th-century Paris, Robert Pattinson looks much more the part than a too-old-for-the-role George Sanders in Hollywood's watered-down 1947 version, The Private Affairs of Bel Ami.
June 30, 2012
Visually, the film is ornate and very attractive while the story, based on the 1885 novel by Guy de Maupassant, is essentially a pulpy morality tale about the perils of taking short cuts through life. A very satisfying, rough-edged period drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 21, 2012
All four of the main actors are worth seeing, but don't expect the movie to amount to much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Levin
amNewYork
June 9, 2012
Robert Pattinson fits right into this material - a blistering critique of a man who can't overcome his self-hatred.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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+
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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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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.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 7, 2012
... best enjoyed as a period soap opera rather than literary adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Michelle Orange
Movieline
June 7, 2012
On the whole Bel Ami is highly watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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Noel Murray
AV Club
June 7, 2012
This new Bel Ami has a lot to recommend it, but it never seems as artful or smart as Dangerous Liaisons, the film it most resembles.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
June 4, 2012
Though the film is drenched with atmosphere, a vampiric Robert Pattinson has neither the gravitas nor the chemistry needed to bring De Maupassant's novel to cinematic life.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
May 27, 2012
Adapted from Guy de Maupassant's second novel, published in 1885, Bel Ami is a good film, with some very strong elements, let down rather tremendously by a seriously amiss piece of central casting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
May 24, 2012
...it finds its feet as a bed-hopping, back-stabbing guilty pleasure, and can be enjoyed sufficiently in that context.
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
May 23, 2012
It's a strange story, focusing as it does on a man with no moral compass whatsoever. But the design of the production and of the costumes is one of the film's assets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
March 9, 2012
Robert Pattinson is proof some guys have all the luck!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Adams
Daily Mirror [UK]
March 8, 2012
A charming cad romances women useful to his social ambitions in 19th Century Paris.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
March 8, 2012
The directors give the story a barbed conviction and the female players, especially, act to the hilt.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
March 8, 2012
A brooding tale of sex and scheming that is brought to life by its cast. More playful than you might expect, it's still a deliciously dark period piece that stays true to the tone of the novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
March 7, 2012
The sets and costumes in Bel Ami look the part and, in Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, the film even has two debut directors for the price of one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
March 7, 2012
All credit to the world's most pale and interesting heartthrob for subverting, if not entirely upending his image as Guy de Maupassant's homme fatale Georges Duroy, a penniless ex-soldier whose only talent is in the art of seduction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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