Femme Fatale (2002)



Critic Consensus: The thriller Femme Fatale is overheated, nonsensical, and silly.

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A contemporary film noir about an alluring seductress named Laure Ash. A sultry former jewel thief and con woman trying to live the straight life, Laure is suddenly exposed to the world--and her enemies--by a voyeuristic photographer, Nicholas Bardo, who takes a sudden interest in her. Seen as a dangerous individual dressed in black, Nicholas is always hounding her, attempting to reveal Laure for what she really is--a born manipulator. As Nicholas tries to determine her true intentions, he begins to uncover some dangerous secrets. Her shadowy life of deceit had also spawned vengeful co-conspirators who will neither forget, nor forgive her lies. Laure's shady past comes back to haunt her, and soon thereafter, Nicholas becomes ensnared in her surreal quest for revenge.
R (for strong sexuality, violence and language)
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Rebecca Romijn
as Laure/Lily
Antonio Banderas
as Nicolas Bardo
Eriq Ebouaney
as Black Tie
Rie Rasmussen
as Veronica
Gregg Henry
as Shiff
Fiona Curzon
as Stanfield Phillips
Gilles Jacob
as Himself
Eva Darlan
as Irma
Jean-Marc Mineo
as Seated Guard
Jean Chatel
as Cannes Commentator
Jaoquina Balaunde
as Woman in Panic
Stephane Petit
as Bodyguard One
Olivier Follet
as Bodyguard Two
Philippe Guegan
as Bespectacled Man
Denis Hecker
as TV Moderator
Laurence Breheret
as Flight Attendant
Salvatore Ingoglia
as Truck Driver
Matthew Geczy
as Embassy Guard
Laurence Martin
as Nathalie
Jo Prestia
as Napoleon
David Belle
as French Policeman
Francoise Michaud
as Woman With Blind Man
Alain Figlarz
as Sex Shop Man
Bart De Palma
as Power Room Guard
Valérie Maës
as The Blonde at the Restroom, Bridge and Cafe
David Cuny
as Groom Hotel Sheraton
Eric Fesais
as Policeman
Bertrand Merignac
as Photographer
Dan Herzberg
as Surveillance Room Guard
Sam Olivier
as Surveillance Room Guard
Pascal Ondicolberry
as Surveillance Room Guard
Gerard Renault
as Surveillance Room Guard
Joaquina Balaunde
as Woman in Panic
Ugne Andrikonyte
as Festival Guest
Faco Hanela
as Poster Man
Marie Foulquie
as Tourist
Pascale Jacquemot
as Medium on TV Show
Matilde Tancredi
as Medium on TV Show
Pascale Jacquemont
as Medium on TV Show
Serge Gonnin
as Thierry
Aurelie Pauker
as Brigitte
Sandrine Bonnaire
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Daniel Millgram
as Pierre/Bartender
Régis Wargnier
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Beata Sonczuk-Ben Ammar
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Yves Marmion
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Ada Marmion
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Leonardo de la Fuente
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Stephen Van Nukerk
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Driki Van Zyl
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Pascal Silvestre
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Henri Ernst
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Olivier Albou
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Stephen Van Nietert
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Emilie Chatel
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Dorothee Grosjean
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Chloe Cremont
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Justine Renard
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
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Critic Reviews for Femme Fatale

All Critics (134) | Top Critics (34)

I found myself capitulating to its inspired formalist madness -- something I've resisted in [De Palma's] films for the past 30-odd years.

Full Review… | November 15, 2002
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A wonderful ride.

November 11, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

De Palma has provided enough ripe flesh, split-screen mayhem, and dreamlike imagery to power six films noir.

Full Review… | November 9, 2002
Top Critic

No normal person should hurt himself trying to follow the thing.

November 8, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Great over-the-top moviemaking if you're in a slap-happy mood.

Full Review… | November 8, 2002
Boston Globe
Top Critic

At least Femme Fatale has an apt title - "femme" because it's about a woman and "fatale" because it makes you want to jump out a window.

November 7, 2002
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Femme Fatale


It really feels like a lot of Brian De Palma’s early work, playing around with the Noir genre and fitting it into a modern caper/thriller. The visual style is beautiful, even more than usual due to the fact that it’s filmed in breathtaking areas in Cannes. The story is extremely fun and keeps you guessing along the way. The acting is decent, Rebecca Romijn clearly wasn’t that experienced at the time, but more of her work is visual anyway. I’m also not a huge fan of Antonio Banderas, but he was actually very good in this. While it’s not a perfect movie, it’s definitely worthwhile and a return to the past for De Palma.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Outstanding! The opening stole my attention already.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer


A pretty decent sultry thriller directed by Brian DePalma. A jewel thief tries to cover her past but a chance photo of her alerts the people she has crossed before. Enjoyable if not quite a classic but I do like the ending and Rebecca Romijn suits the role to a T before her success as Mystique in the X-Men series.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

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