Valmont Reviews

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.
January 26, 2006
It's a warm, energetic, humorous film, with some excellent ensemble playing; but the cruelty and psychological complexity are lost, and the ensuing tragedy has little resonance.
May 20, 2003
Bad timing is the least of this film's problems.
June 6, 2001
The film is rapturously beautiful, enticing us into a lush, aristocratic world.
January 1, 2000
The Frears version is cerebral and claustrophobic, an exercise in sexual mindplay. Forman's is more physical.