Bel Ami

Bel Ami

Bel Ami

Robert Pattinson stars in this period drama about a young Parisian who rises to power via manipulation of the city's most influential and wealthy women. Based on Guy de Maupassant's 1885 novel, co-starring Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Georges Duroy (Pattison) travels through 1890s Paris, from cockroach ridden garrets to opulent salons, using his wits and powers of seduction to rise from poverty to wealth, from a prostitute’s embrace to passionate trysts with wealthy beauties, in a world where politics and media jostle for influence, where sex is power and celebrity an obsession.

2012Rating: M, contains sex scenes & offensive language98 minsUSA
DramaRomanceHistorical

Bel Ami / Reviews

Flicks

Flicks, Dominic Corry

There are few stories I relish as much as those that centre around some sort of societal ascension. There's something quite delicious about watching a character weave around his or her class status to infiltrate a rarefied arena, only to inevitably become a victim of its corruptive influence.

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Total Film

Total Film

A good-looking yet curiously tame adaptation that showcases Pattinson's ambition if not his full abilities.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Robert Pattinson has to do an awful lot of hollow-eyed smouldering in this hammily enunciated French period drama.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

[Patterson] successfully seduces three of the most powerful beauties in Paris society despite having no talent, no money and no conversation.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Intriguing political aspects of the story would have more resonance if the human drama had more heft.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Too reliant on lavish costumes, heaving bosoms and all the other trappings of the period drama.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A flavorless literary adaptation.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Even with a strong cast to gild its endless chambers and salons, there's barely a spark of soul to fuel its story. Pattinson is no Malkovich either.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

This new Bel Ami has a lot to recommend it, but it never seems as artful or smart as Dangerous Liaisons, the film it most resembles.

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