House of Pleasures - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

House of Pleasures Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 19, 2013
Nothing in this film comes as a surprise, but Bonello's intent to show the place backstage as well as onstage is fulfilled and pertinent, even though the period setting gives the picture a curio air.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
January 24, 2013
| Original Score: B+
Jason Best
Movie Talk
May 30, 2012
Bonello is more interested in the women's relationships with each other than with their rich clients, though we do get to see them living out some of their patrons' kinky desires.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 29, 2012
It's about forcing us to think about people we never would otherwise and seeing their struggles and humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
March 7, 2012
What gives the film its haunting pull, as well as its feminist undercurrent, is the filmmaker's palpable compassion for these women.
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
March 6, 2012
There's plenty of flesh on display but the stories are far from erotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
February 17, 2012
Bertrand Bonello's visually alluring glimpse of what prostitute's do during down time. Captivating at times, but it does go on.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 9, 2012
No one, male or female, has any fun, but the men behave as if they do. They are all half-stupefied by the languor in which they drown.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
February 9, 2012
It emphasizes setting over character and plot; and it casts a mood that's both eerie and entrancing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip French
Observer (UK)
January 29, 2012
The film is superbly designed to suggest the oppressive, hypocritical haut-bourgeois decor, the obsessive eroticism that excludes real desire, and the languorous timelessness that makes one day like another.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
January 27, 2012
We watch with various degrees of either fascination or boredom as the girls go about their work wondering how long it or they will last.
| Original Score: 3/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
January 26, 2012
Dazzling and deep. You'll want to go back for more.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
January 25, 2012
Bertrand Bonello's atmospheric, poetic film seduces you with all the skill and subtlety of the courtesans it depicts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 24, 2012
Seductive on the surface, steely underneath, this is an angry, fascinating, highly political film all wrapped up in costumed frilliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
January 16, 2012
We're immersed in the routines and rituals of the female prostitutes, in a world smelling of "sperm and champagne".
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
December 15, 2011
"Pleasures" becomes as enveloping - and sometimes as awkward - as one of the L'Apollonide ladies' heaving corsets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 27, 2011
The heavy candlelit chiaroscuro paints the women as mobile Renoirs, Degases and Manets.
| Original Score: 3/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 25, 2011
It's a gorgeously filmed portrait of a bygone era, with painstaking attention to period detail.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
November 23, 2011
Among other things, a sharp corrective to such effervescent red-light classics as Max Ophüls's "Le Plaisir."
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David Fear
Time Out
November 22, 2011
Erratic, occasionally WTF hilarious...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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