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Bel Ami (2012)



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.

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) Magnoliamore
Rating: R (for some strong sexuality, nudity and brief language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Rachel Bennette, Guy de Maupassant
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On DVD: Aug 7, 2012
Box Office: $0.1M
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site

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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 Prostitut...
Philip Glenister
as Charles Forestier
Holly Grainger
as Suzanne Rousset
Holliday 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
George Potts
as Chief Cashier
Eloise Webb
as Laurine de Marelle
Iain Robertson
as Innkeeper
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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 21, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 15, 2012
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...

Full Review… | June 14, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Unfortunately the rather ludicrous camp characteristics of the story, such as Uma Thurman rolling around on Egyptian cotton sheets shouting "Look at the grain exports to Algiers!" are never fully recognised...

Full Review… | September 8, 2013

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 Magalhăes

Super Reviewer


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

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

Super Reviewer

Bel Ami Quotes

Clotilde de Marelle: You're just one of them, after all. Just another selfish, brutal man. Just another thief.
– Submitted by Amit M (3 years ago)
Georges Duroy: Well there is no next life.
– Submitted by Amit M (3 years ago)
Georges Duroy: That's because you've never been poor.
– Submitted by Amit M (3 years ago)
Georges Duroy: I will ruin you..
– Submitted by Linda C (3 years ago)

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