Valmont Reviews

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February 9, 2015
Colin Firth's Valmont is pleasant, a dreadful thing to say about one of literature's most magnetic seducers.
February 9, 2015
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
Milos Forman and Jean-Claude Carriere, while fiddling with the plot of this deliciously nasty tale, have studiously embalmed its spirit.
February 9, 2015
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
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.
May 20, 2008
What keeps the film interesting, if not riveting, is the generally on target casting and resulting topnotch interpretations.
July 20, 2018
Milos Forman's film is a mere confection in comparison to Stephen Frear's one, but in the way that confections can give real entertainment.
February 9, 2015
An unqualified dud.
February 9, 2015
Directed by Milos Forman, this film is livelier, more absorbing, and generally better acted than Dangerous Liaisons, which arrived a year ago. But it runs out of inspiration long before it runs out of plot twists.
February 9, 2015
Insufficiently racy in tone as well as pacing, this accomplished but bland costume drama is Dangerous Liaisons' poor cousin.
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