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Valmont undermines the essential qualities of its main character's literary counterpart, but solid casting and Milo Forman's deft direction help mitigate those flaws. Read critic reviews

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French novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses", by Choderlos de Laclos. The cynical story follows the fortunes of two scheming lovers, a pair of jaded aristocrats who manipulate and toy with each other on a grand scale, drawing others into their elaborate and dangerous erotic games.

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  • Colin Firth's Valmont is pleasant, a dreadful thing to say about one of literature's most magnetic seducers.

    February 9, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Valmont is a superb piece of craftsmanship, impeccable in every detail from lighting to costuming, but as a work of art it remains tentative and blurred.

    February 9, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Milos Forman and Jean-Claude Carriere, while fiddling with the plot of this deliciously nasty tale, have studiously embalmed its spirit.

    February 9, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The results are too pretty and well acted to be a total washout, but the fascination with evil and power that gives the novel intensity is virtually absent; what remains is mainly petty malice and mild cynicism.

    February 9, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The anachronistic brio which distinguishes Forman's style is in pleasurable evidence, the approach to the subject is very much his own, and it's worth seeing if you forget all about the original.

    February 9, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Because there are no characters animating his panorama, all this serves to prove is that though Forman's movie is broader than Frears', it is also shallower.

    February 9, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Valmont

  • Jan 18, 2014
    As in his mighty "Amadeus", Milos Forman again narrates a picaresque drama within aristocratic circles in this adaptation of "Les Liasons Dangereuses". Less energetic and lush than the one directed by Stephen Frears, even with a younger and fresher, cast. Forman bets for a subtler, classier approach and decides to concentrate solely on the tribulations of the character that names the film, finishing it before other characters' fate come to full circle. In my view, a controversial decision that gives the upper hand to Frears' previously released take on the same story.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 29, 2008
    It was interesting to see all the manipulation and effort put towards getting revenge, but the ending fell short.
    Marion R Super Reviewer
  • Nov 09, 2007
    This film is an interesting insight into the collection of works that Firth has selected to take on.
    Leo L Super Reviewer
  • May 11, 2007
    It is interesting how wealthy 18th century aristocrats spend their time and efforts. It is funny; whenever I see a film from this era, instead of enjoying the stories of the aristocrats, I wonder about the lives of the common people who play the instruments or prepare the meals or wait on those rich.
    Red L Super Reviewer

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