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The Libertine Reviews

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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
April 4, 2011
Big dull drag of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
August 30, 2009
Completely unshocking
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
August 7, 2008
It feels both overlong and incomplete.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 21, 2007
Under the veneer of another fine/creepy Depp performance, the film falls flat.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 22, 2007
A difficult film to watch, but one that speaks to our own invidious world.
November 27, 2006
[Director] Dunmore creates a memorably grimy London, but the moral grime covering the film proves less memorable.
Read More | Original Score: D+
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
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.
July 5, 2006
Mesmo em filmes irregulares como este, Johnny Depp Ú sempre capaz de despertar o interesse do espectador.
| Original Score: 3/5
July 5, 2006
Historical accuracy is a liability instead of an asset in this painfully exact recreation of 1670s London . . .
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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May 4, 2006
Stumble away from this film as quickly as possible.
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
April 1, 2006
The story, like the cinematography, is overly foggy and under-illuminated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 24, 2006
Disagreeable, unlikable, unwatchable.
| Original Score: D
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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