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Sade

Sade (2000)

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Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 6

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Daniel Auteuil stars as the infamous Marquis de Sade, who at the beginning of Sade, is serving a sentence in Paris' grim Saint Lazarde prison. The year is 1794, and Sade is being persecuted for his steadfast atheism, which runs counter to the beliefs of Robespierre, France's terrifying revolutionary leader. The Marquis is granted something of a reprieve when he is transferred -- courtesy of his mistress Sensible (Marianne Denicourt) -- to Picpus, a former convent that now serves as the

Dec 9, 2003

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Sade is Quills without the hyperbole and melodrama.

March 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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In Auteil's less dramatic but equally incisive performance, he's a charismatic charmer likely to seduce and conquer.

October 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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It's a rosy coming-of-age romp that refuses to see the horror even in the severed heads from the guillotine.

August 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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This Sade is hardly a perverse, dangerous libertine and agitator -- which would have made for better drama. He's just a sad aristocrat in tattered finery, and the film seems as deflated as he does.

August 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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If you're looking for a smart, nuanced look at de Sade and what might have happened at Picpus, Sade is your film.

August 9, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Lacks dramatic punch and depth.

June 7, 2002
Washington Post
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[A] treacherously seductive and highly disturbing film...

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

A fiercely clever and subtle film, capturing the precarious balance between the extravagant confidence of the exiled aristocracy and the cruel earnestness of the victorious revolutionaries.

December 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

This time out, [Sade] is an unsettlingly familiar figure -- in turns loyal and deceitful, responsible and reckless, idealistically selfless and coldly self-interested.

December 19, 2002
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Marquis de Sade couldn't have been as dull a person as this film makes him out to be.

November 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

The reason to see "Sade" lay with the chemistry and complex relationship between the marquis (Auteil) and Emilie (Le Besco).

August 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Featuring a dangerously seductive performance from the great Daniel Auteuil, "Sade" covers the same period as Kaufmann's "Quills" with more unsettlingly realistic results.

August 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

More concerned with Sade's ideas than with his actions. The movie achieves as great an impact by keeping these thoughts hidden as... [Quills] did by showing them.

August 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The movie fails to portray its literarily talented and notorious subject as anything much more than a dirty old man.

August 8, 2002
Reel.com

It's a decent glimpse into a time period, and an outcast, that is no longer accessible, but it doesn't necessarily shed more light on its subject than the popular predecessor.

May 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Sade is an engaging look at the controversial eponymous and fiercely atheistic hero.

April 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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