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Femme Fatale Reviews

November 15, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3/4
November 11, 2002
A wonderful ride.
November 10, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
November 9, 2002
De Palma has provided enough ripe flesh, split-screen mayhem, and dreamlike imagery to power six films noir.
November 8, 2002
No normal person should hurt himself trying to follow the thing.
November 8, 2002
Great over-the-top moviemaking if you're in a slap-happy mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 8, 2002
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
[Romijin-Stamos] knows her way around a wisecrack, and Femme Fatale may do for her what Basic Instinct did for Sharon Stone.
November 7, 2002
A feast for hard-core movie or De Palma buffs (and Romijn-Stamos junkies) but a famine for anyone looking for a good story.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 6, 2002
Pretty amusing when the director apes Hitchcock, and pretty awful when he apes himself.
November 6, 2002
More tawdry than titillating, what should have been sultry is more often skanky.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 6, 2002
Sexy and passably entertaining, with a plot that's too clever by half.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 6, 2002
De Palma -- a master of kinky, delirious visuals -- hooks you good.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 6, 2002
It's the best bad movie out there.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 6, 2002
The rest of the plot is impossible to explain without blowing whatever tension there is, although it's more comedy than suspense De Palma creates.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 6, 2002
De Palma fools around with split screens and slo-mo, but no amount of cinematic artifice can varnish over the fact that this is simply a bad film.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 6, 2002
The director's many dodges and turns add up to little more than a screenful of gamesmanship that's low on both suspense and payoff.
Read More | Original Score: C-
November 6, 2002
It's a sexy, violent, glamorous, sinfully funny movie with a surface as hard and brilliant as diamonds.
November 6, 2002
Far more absorbing and tantalizing than most of the plodding, overworked thrillers the studios churn out these days.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 6, 2002
The film has the high-buffed gloss and high-octane jolts you expect of De Palma, but what makes it transporting is that it's also one of the smartest, most pleasurable expressions of pure movie love to come from an American director in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 6, 2002
When [De Palma's] bad, he's really bad, and Femme Fatale ranks with the worst he has done.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 6, 2002
Inventive, fun, intoxicatingly sexy, violent, self-indulgent and maddening.
Read More | Original Score: A
November 6, 2002
A uniquely De Palma kind of effluence, an exercise in auteur self-parody.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 6, 2002
The story the movie tells is of Brian De Palma's addiction to the junk-calorie suspense tropes that have all but ruined his career.
Full Review | Original Score: F
November 6, 2002
The most common audience reaction probably will be, 'Huh?'
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 6, 2002
I enjoyed this one because, rather than nitpick the director's usual lapses in logic, I allowed the sexy visuals and sumptuous set design to wash over me.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 6, 2002
Maybe all the pieces of a truly good film noir are here, but the filmmaker has opted simply to toss them into the air and let them fall where they may.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 6, 2002
You don't need to take Femme Fatale seriously in order to derive great pleasure from what De Palma is up to here.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 6, 2002
Once, De Palma seemed like a director intoxicated with the possibilities of movies; now he just seems in need of intervention.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 6, 2002
This is pure filmmaking, elegant and slippery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 6, 2002
You may loathe [De Palma's] sexual excesses and violent urges, but his images are visual catnip.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 5, 2002
Sustains its dreamlike glide through a succession of cheesy coincidences and voluptuous cheap effects, not the least of which is Rebecca Romijn-Stamos.
June 29, 2002
Boasts a handful of virtuosic set pieces and offers a fair amount of trashy, kinky fun.
Read More | Original Score: 52/100
May 21, 2002
A thriller that never takes the pulse above 60 beats per minute.