Bel Ami Reviews

  • Although this is potentially juicy stuff, it is as dry and tasteless as a shrunken piece of fruit left in the refrigerator far too long.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

  • Pattinson's performance is so enervated that his Georges Duroy comes across as something of a cipher.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • Robert Pattinson isn't all that bad in "Bel Ami." He just isn't right.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • What could be hotter than a bed-hopping bodice-ripper in which the movie hunk of the moment plows through three of the sexiest actresses of the 1990s? Most everything, it turns out.

    Eric Hynes — Village Voice

  • Though gorgeous to look at, the first feature from Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod has an undeniable void at its very center: an utterly blank leading man.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • ...a relentlessly leaden rethink of the rollicking tale of opportunism and social-climbing in late 19th-century Paris

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • The women are all elegant and intelligent, they know the ways of the world, and they know Georges' history. Why do they find him attractive? We don't, and that failure is the downfall of the film.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The supposedly cunning protagonist registers as a cipher, and the directors' tendency to shoot dialogue scenes in close-up blunts any understanding of the social milieu he's trying to conquer.

    Ben Sachs — Chicago Reader

  • It's the total lack of empathy these characters elicit (or don't) that is Bel Ami's overarching problem.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • "Bel Ami" is a handsome production, yet riddled with weaknesses.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • It's based on Guy de Maupassant's 1885 novel, but an old-school must-see-TV sitcom has more depth.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Pattinson's callowness and tendency to play rage as petulance don't help.

    Farran Smith Nehme — New York Post

  • An enjoyably soapy 19th-century costume drama with a crackling, female-centric cast that features Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas.

    Andrew O'Hehir —

  • Based on Guy de Maupassant's 1885 novel, Bel Ami is the meandering, unfocused tale of the rise of an unprincipled opportunist in the upper class circles of late 19th century Paris.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • A flavorless literary adaptation sunk by a lead actor, screenwriter and co-directors that are all out of their depth.

    David Rooney — Hollywood Reporter

  • Pattinson portrays a man who has no moral code and gets to have tons of sex, with various women of smart Parisian society, played by the likes of Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristen Scott Thomas. Yet mysteriously, the tedium continues.

    Mary F. Pols — TIME Magazine

  • With that cast, we rightfully expect fireworks. What we get is the film equivalent of a wet blanket.

    Peter Travers — Rolling Stone

  • Intriguing political aspects of the story involving military designs on Morocco and the influence of the media would have more resonance if the human drama had more heft.

    Sheri Linden — Los Angeles Times

  • Unfortunately the rather ludicrous camp characteristics of the story, such as Uma Thurman rolling around on Egyptian cotton sheets shouting "Look at the grain exports to Algiers!" are never fully recognised...

    Glenn Dunks — Trespass

  • "Bel Ami" ends up being a film that feels cold and distant because of the stale lead and a story that makes no room for the affection between any of the couples.

    Jeff Beck —

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