Bel Ami Synopsis
A charming, manipulative schemer seduces a series of rich and powerful mistresses.
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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...
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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...
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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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Someone needs to make better decisions.

By dlmmarcum
Given the cast, one would expect this costume drama to be FAR better than it is. But with an abysmal script, there's not much even good actors can do. Don't even bother renting it on video. Movie...

Talk about a love triangle... or a octagon?

By lonelygirl510
It was pretty good. The actresses were all fabulous, I was thrilled to see KST in a different kind of role than usual... It was definitely worth 102 minutes of my time after work!...

Go for the actors - great stuff and very entertaining!

By needsmoretwilight
I'll say up front that I watched Bel Ami as a Robert Pattinson fan, but I like to think that I have *some* objectivity... I was only moderately impressed w his performance in Remember Me. I really...

Enjoyable!

By imrobynp
I enjoyed this movie very much. The cast was excellent. I was so impressed with Kristin Scott Thomas especially. The scenes did transition quickly at times, and it could be confusing if one isn't...

Bel Ami is Awesome!

By Jedlander2001
Bel Ami is Awesome! Hollywood critics never get the results right. This is why you need to see if for yourself. I loved this movie so much and the book as well. Yes, books are better since they give...

Breakout Performance from Patterson

By GENIOTIC
Excellent performance from Patterson in this film. He really deserves an award for the painstaking effort he put into this performance, and for the fascinating range of gripping emotions that he...

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Rated R | For Brief Language, Some Strong Sexuality and Nudity
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Robert Pattinson is bland in sex-filled costume drama.
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