Bel Ami (2012)

TOMATOMETER

AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Bel Ami contains some soapy pleasures but it overall rushes through the narrative and suffers from a vague central performance by Robert Pattinson.

Bel Ami Videos

Bel Ami Photos

Movie Info

Bel Ami is the story of Georges Duroy, who travels through 1890s Paris, from cockroach ridden garrets to opulent salons, using his wits and powers of seduction to rise from poverty to wealth, from a prostitute's embrace to passionate trysts with wealthy beauties, in a world where politics and media jostle for influence, where sex is power and celebrity an obsession. -- (C) Magnolia
Rating:
R (for some strong sexuality, nudity and brief language)
Genre:
Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 limited
On DVD:
Runtime:
Studio:

Watch it now

Cast

Robert Pattinson
as Georges Duroy
Uma Thurman
as Madeleine Forestier
Christina Ricci
as Clotilde de Marelle
Kristin Scott Thomas
as Virginie Rousset
Colm Meaney
as Monsieur Rousset
Natalia Tena
as Rachel the Prostitute
Philip Glenister
as Charles Forestier
Holliday Grainger
as Suzanne Rousset
Holly Grainger
as Suzanne Rousset
James Lance
as Francois Laroche
Anthony Higgins
as Comte de Vaudrec
Timothy Walker
as Solicitor
Pip Torrens
as Paul the Butler
Christopher Fulford
as Police Commissioner
Amy Marston
as Nanny
Frank Dunne
as Bishop
George Potts
as Chief Cashier
Eloise Webb
as Laurine de Marelle
Iain Robertson
as Innkeeper
Chloe Trend
as Dancer
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Bel Ami

Critic Reviews for Bel Ami

All Critics (88) | Top Critics (27)

"Bel Ami" is a handsome production, yet riddled with weaknesses.

Full Review… | June 21, 2012
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

The supposedly cunning protagonist registers as a cipher, and the directors' tendency to shoot dialogue scenes in close-up blunts any understanding of the social milieu he's trying to conquer.

Full Review… | June 21, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The women are all elegant and intelligent, they know the ways of the world, and they know Georges' history. Why do they find him attractive? We don't, and that failure is the downfall of the film.

Full Review… | June 20, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Pattinson's passion is bloodless, his rakish George Duroy a font of undelivered potential.

Full Review… | June 14, 2012
Newsday
Top Critic

Good actors flit in and out of the movie - particularly Kristin Scott Thomas and Colm Meaney - but no one seems able to conquer the essential silliness of it all...

June 14, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

What distinguishes Pattinson in the role is the sense he conveys of someone roiling and churning beneath a surface that is almost, but not quite, calm.

Full Review… | June 8, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Bel Ami

A rushed and insipid soap-opera with lame performances, especially by Robert Pattinson, who is a terrible actor completely miscast as an ambitious seducer, unable to show how his character feels and what could possibly draw those refined women to him beside his looks.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

I like movies based on this era, but the subject of this movie was senseless to me...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Started off slow, but really was worth sticking with. I am not a fan of period movies in general, but was interested to see Robert Pattinson in something other than Twilight movies. Also quite like Christina Ricci. This is a really well acted movie. Robert is quite convincing and you do see that all is not smiles as he seems to be on the surface. The women are also well written and convincing. The sex scene with him and Uma is quite brutal in an unexpected way. Actually hard to watch even though nothing is really shown. Quite a dark little movie.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Discussion Forum

Discuss Bel Ami on our Movie forum!

News & Features