Bel Ami Reviews

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Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 14, 2012
"Bel Ami" ends up being a film that feels cold and distant because of the stale lead and a story that makes no room for the affection between any of the couples.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
May 16, 2012
Bel Ami is a patchwork that on close inspection reveals clunky segues, odd characterisations, disjointed character motivations and curious narrative pacing in its craftsmanship.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
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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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
June 21, 2012
The supposedly cunning protagonist registers as a cipher, and the directors' tendency to shoot dialogue scenes in close-up blunts any understanding of the social milieu he's trying to conquer.
Becky Bartlett
The Skinny
February 29, 2012
As George beds woman after woman, with the specific intent of moving up the social ladder, the seduction is non-existent. So too is the hedonism and debauchery of Paris in the 1890s.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
May 25, 2012
It's an interesting premise but sadly, Bel Ami is a film that underachieves. I found it a continual struggle to understand the mindset of each character.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Glenn Dunks
Trespass
September 8, 2013
Unfortunately the rather ludicrous camp characteristics of the story, such as Uma Thurman rolling around on Egyptian cotton sheets shouting "Look at the grain exports to Algiers!" are never fully recognised...
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Eric Hynes
Village Voice
June 5, 2012
What could be hotter than a bed-hopping bodice-ripper in which the movie hunk of the moment plows through three of the sexiest actresses of the 1990s? Most everything, it turns out.
Dominic Corry
Flicks.co.nz
July 26, 2012
Pattinson fails to step up and command this film with his performance, and never settles on anything definitive for his character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kate Muir
Times [UK]
March 9, 2012
A cornucopia of cleavages and lingering close-ups of Robert Pattinson's trouser department. For some readers, that may be a strong recommendation. Others may find this version of Guy de Maupassant's 19th-century novel unintentionally hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sunday Age
May 20, 2012
A trifle of a romp, strictly for Pattinson obsessives who can't hold out until November (when Twilight takes its final bow).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 21, 2012
The women are all elegant and intelligent, they know the ways of the world, and they know Georges' history. Why do they find him attractive? We don't, and that failure is the downfall of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 30, 2012
Based on Guy de Maupassant's 1885 novel, Bel Ami is the meandering, unfocused tale of the rise of an unprincipled opportunist in the upper class circles of late 19th century Paris.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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.
Alex Zane
Sun Online
March 8, 2012
Despite a strong cast, Bel Ami fails to make a lasting impression - other than to leave you wondering if you've been watching a costume drama or a comic farce.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
March 8, 2012
The picture is handsomely staged and easy-on-the-eye but never establishes a fluent pace or tone, while the general point of the story escaped me.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
June 8, 2012
Pattinson's weakness as an actor is all the more glaring when compared to his supporting players.
Alice Tynan
Limelight
August 5, 2012
This is the perfect film to cure someone of an obsession with "RPatz".
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Emma Paterson
Little White Lies
March 8, 2012
More fair-weather friend than fine friend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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