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Variety Staff
February 8, 2008
This incisive study of sex as an arena for manipulative power games takes too long to catch fire and suffers from a deficient central performance.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 8, 2008
The creepy plot still holds a certain fascination.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Emanuel Levy
April 30, 2007
Emotional cruelty through sexual manipulation is the rule of the game of this smooth transfer of Christopher Hampton's witty play, with an all-American cast, headed by Glenn Close and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Steve Grant
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A sombre, manipulative affair in which the decor is never allowed to usurp our interest.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
December 3, 2004
Splendid... full of deliciously devious characters
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
February 5, 2004
For a tragedy that carries a strong emotional kick, it's wickedly fun.
| Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
February 3, 2004
Close, Malkovich e Pfeiffer aproveitam ao máximo seus fascinantes personagens e os diálogos afiados do roteiro de Hampton, mas o filme é um pouco mais frio do que deveria.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 16, 2003
Wicked and well-appointed, this is a deliriously sinful costume a drama.
| Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
Its vernacular style allows the film to connect easily with present-day morals, sexual politics, and thirst for power.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Witty, entertaining, if occasionally overripe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Stephen Frears' direction is superb -- the design and lighting evoke simultaneous worlds of privilege and squalor, and while the nature of day-to-day life in 18th century France becomes readily apparent, it never becomes distracting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
July 25, 2002
Perhaps the juciest adaptation of the story that one could hope for.
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
It's like Masterpiece Theater ... but not boring!
| Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 14, 2002
A scintillating study of sexual politics that skillfully presents the cruel ways two malevolent protagonists manipulate their targets and deceive others around them.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
An absorbing and seductive movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Tantalizingly wicked -- watching it makes the color rise to your cheeks.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Director Stephen Frears accelerates entertainingly through Christopher Hampton's wig-and-powder sado-comedy about sexual mind games in 18th-century France.
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Probably the best adaptation of the celebrated novel you can find.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
If the very most basic plot is a little too much like some of those incompetently made French sex-romps that show up on late-night cable, everything else is first-rate in this production.
Susan Granger
December 26, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
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