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House of Pleasures Reviews

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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
November 27, 2011
The heavy candlelit chiaroscuro paints the women as mobile Renoirs, Degases and Manets.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 25, 2011
It's a gorgeously filmed portrait of a bygone era, with painstaking attention to period detail.
November 23, 2011
Among other things, a sharp corrective to such effervescent red-light classics as Max Ophüls's "Le Plaisir."
November 22, 2011
Erratic, occasionally WTF hilarious...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 22, 2011
Glamorously louche.
September 10, 2011
Without soft-pedaling it-the story of "The Girl Who Laughs" alone will brush away that line of criticism-Bonello nonetheless mourns the extinction of the brothel, where the women at least had each other.
Full Review | Original Score: A-