Bel Ami Reviews

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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.
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.
June 15, 2012
Pattinson's passion is bloodless, his rakish George Duroy a font of undelivered potential.
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...
June 8, 2012
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.
June 8, 2012
Cramming over 400 pages into a little over 100 minutes not only skips over important incidents - like Georges' embarrassed return home with one love -- but rushes the characters through emotional arcs.
December 19, 2018
There's almost nothing about Bel Ami which doesn't feel contrived and artificial.
August 31, 2018
It's neither seductive nor absorbing, and although I hate to point the finger... I would say the lead actor, Robert Pattinson, means well and tries hard, bless, but just doesn't have the chops.
August 24, 2018
The performances are incredibly hammy; the worst culprit being Pattinson whose turn is not only weak, but incredibly irritating to boot.
August 14, 2018
Nothing more than insufficiently directed codswallop in delectable costumes, with a starry cast who are worthy of much, much better.
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