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Bel Ami Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
Trespass
September 8, 2013
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...
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 14, 2012
"Bel Ami" ends up being a film that feels cold and distant because of the stale lead and a story that makes no room for the affection between any of the couples.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Alice Tynan
Limelight
August 5, 2012
This is the perfect film to cure someone of an obsession with "RPatz".
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
July 29, 2012
A gassy, self-satisfied adaptation of the 1885 novel of the same name, threadbare Parisian period piece Bel Ami belies the erroneous notion that costume dramas automatically have a higher IQ than their contemporary dramatic brethren.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Dominic Corry
Flicks.co.nz
July 26, 2012
Pattinson fails to step up and command this film with his performance, and never settles on anything definitive for his character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
July 24, 2012
As a caddish young man who seduces his way up the social ladder in late-19th-century Paris, Robert Pattinson looks much more the part than a too-old-for-the-role George Sanders in Hollywood's watered-down 1947 version, The Private Affairs of Bel Ami.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
July 6, 2012
The film is far too concerned with its 'costume' and not nearly enough with its 'drama'.
June 30, 2012
Visually, the film is ornate and very attractive while the story, based on the 1885 novel by Guy de Maupassant, is essentially a pulpy morality tale about the perils of taking short cuts through life. A very satisfying, rough-edged period drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
June 22, 2012
Pattinson doesn't work as the manipulative cad that this story demands.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5.0
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 21, 2012
A promising cast fails to save this period downer.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 21, 2012
"Bel Ami" is a handsome production, yet riddled with weaknesses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
June 21, 2012
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.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 21, 2012
All four of the main actors are worth seeing, but don't expect the movie to amount to much.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Pais
RedEye
June 21, 2012
Pattinson just stands there as if he's thinking, 'I'm sorry if this isn't enough for you, but I only have two faces I can make.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 21, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 15, 2012
Pattinson's passion is bloodless, his rakish George Duroy a font of undelivered potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 14, 2012
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...
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
June 11, 2012
Robert Pattinson is a terrible actor...Put him at the center of an actual movie and he's revealed as an empty pretty boy, a black hole of talent.
Robert Levin
amNewYork
June 9, 2012
Robert Pattinson fits right into this material - a blistering critique of a man who can't overcome his self-hatred.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
June 8, 2012
Pattinson's weakness as an actor is all the more glaring when compared to his supporting players.
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