75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
What distinguishes Pattinson in the role is the sense he conveys of someone roiling and churning beneath a surface that is almost, but not quite, calm.
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65

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
On the whole Bel Ami is highly watchable.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Robert Pattinson isn't all that bad in Bel Ami. He just isn't right.
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50

Slant Magazine

By Nick Schager
A coherent characterization of Robert Pattinson's striving schemer is nowhere to be found in this pedestrian period piece.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The surprise for me is Christina Ricci, who I think of as undernourished and nervous, but who flowers here in warm ripeness.
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
At least the set design and costumes are excellent. The movie feels overstuffed and undercooked but it always looks nice.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

A flavorless literary adaptation sunk by a lead actor, screenwriter and co-directors that are all out of their depth.
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
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.
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38

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
With that cast, we rightfully expect fireworks. What we get is the film equivalent of a wet blanket.
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38

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Laughably bad adaptation of a Guy de Maupassant novel.
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42 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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