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The Libertine Reviews

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 7, 2012
If Johnny Depp's barmy stumble through the yo-ho-hum Pirates sequel was playtime rehash, then his loathsome portrayal of the pestilent aristocrat Earl of Rochester shows an actor still daring to push the margins of his persona.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dave White
April 4, 2011
Big dull drag of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joshua Starnes
March 29, 2011
Slightly pretentious, but original enough to be a bit interesting, and buoyed by strong performances from Depp and Morton, The Libertine is a decent telling of a historical footnote, most interesting because of its strong feminist message.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
Completely unshocking
Cole Smithey
April 17, 2009
Based on Stephen Jeffreys' play, about 17th century iconoclastic poet the 2nd Earl of Rochester (Johnny Depp), "The Libertine" fails to pay off on its promises of taboo sex.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
It feels both overlong and incomplete.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
Under the veneer of another fine/creepy Depp performance, the film falls flat.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
February 22, 2007
A difficult film to watch, but one that speaks to our own invidious world.
Top Critic
Keith Phipps
AV Club
November 27, 2006
[Director] Dunmore creates a memorably grimy London, but the moral grime covering the film proves less memorable.
| Original Score: D+
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
August 1, 2006
I enjoyed it - or much of it - for reasons that have everything to do with Johnny Depp.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
July 20, 2006
The performances are impeccable, but what might have been a handsome period drama, is compromised by a drawn out screenplay and over-stylised grainy production ... this dark tale of excess is pure theatre.
Pablo Villaša
Cinema em Cena
July 5, 2006
Mesmo em filmes irregulares como este, Johnny Depp Ú sempre capaz de despertar o interesse do espectador.
| Original Score: 3/5
James O'Ehley
SA Movie & DVD Magazine
July 5, 2006
Historical accuracy is a liability instead of an asset in this painfully exact recreation of 1670s London . . .
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
July 2, 2006
This ugly creation uses graphic sex, bad hygiene, mud, diseased features and Depp wetting his pants (we get to see the puddle) to illustrate the perils of hedonism.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record-Chronicle
June 12, 2006
...the subject matter and marginal execution make it a hard sell to all but the most ardent fans of Depp, who treats The Libertine as a personal acting workshop.
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Rubin Safaya
May 4, 2006
Stumble away from this film as quickly as possible.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 1, 2006
Newcomer director Laurence Dunmore does not show the experience necessary to pull off this period piece and lets Depp's performance fall by the wayside
Full Review | Original Score: D
Sam Toy
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
The story, like the cinematography, is overly foggy and under-illuminated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
March 24, 2006
Disagreeable, unlikable, unwatchable.
| Original Score: D
Angela Baldassarre
March 20, 2006
"The Libertine" in question here is John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, a poet and member of the Reformation court of King Charles II.
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