Femme Fatale Reviews

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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
June 9, 2008
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 27, 2003
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 15, 2002
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 11, 2002
A wonderful ride.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
November 10, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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November 9, 2002
De Palma has provided enough ripe flesh, split-screen mayhem, and dreamlike imagery to power six films noir.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 8, 2002
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 8, 2002
No normal person should hurt himself trying to follow the thing.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 8, 2002
Great over-the-top moviemaking if you're in a slap-happy mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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.
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John Powers
L.A. Weekly
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.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 6, 2002
Pretty amusing when the director apes Hitchcock, and pretty awful when he apes himself.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 6, 2002
More tawdry than titillating, what should have been sultry is more often skanky.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
November 6, 2002
Sexy and passably entertaining, with a plot that's too clever by half.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 6, 2002
De Palma -- a master of kinky, delirious visuals -- hooks you good.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
November 6, 2002
It's the best bad movie out there.
| Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Megan Turner
New York Post
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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.
| Original Score: C-
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
November 6, 2002
It's a sexy, violent, glamorous, sinfully funny movie with a surface as hard and brilliant as diamonds.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 6, 2002
Far more absorbing and tantalizing than most of the plodding, overworked thrillers the studios churn out these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
November 6, 2002
Inventive, fun, intoxicatingly sexy, violent, self-indulgent and maddening.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 6, 2002
A uniquely De Palma kind of effluence, an exercise in auteur self-parody.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
November 6, 2002
The most common audience reaction probably will be, 'Huh?'
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 6, 2002
This is pure filmmaking, elegant and slippery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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.
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Mike D'Angelo
Time Out
June 29, 2002
Boasts a handful of virtuosic set pieces and offers a fair amount of trashy, kinky fun.
| Original Score: 52/100
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Judith Prescott
Hollywood Reporter
May 21, 2002
A thriller that never takes the pulse above 60 beats per minute.