• Released
  • December 21, 1988
  • R , 2 hr 0 min
  • Drama
Dangerous Liaisons (1988) Synopsis
Marquise (Glenn Close) and viscount (John Malkovich) use sex as power in 1780 France.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
In "Fatal Attraction" [Close] was a woman out of control. Here she's in control of her emotions, too much in control. When Merteuil finally...
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Washington Post

A delectably naughty experience. This sort of wit and immediacy is extraordinarily rare in a period film.
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The New Yorker

By Pauline Kael
A first-rate piece of work by a director who's daring and agile... It's heaven – alive in a way that movies rarely are. [9 Jan 1989]
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Pfeiffer reveals an emotional nakedness that's almost shocking. Never has she exposed so much and done it so simply. Who knew she could be...
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TV Guide

Pfeiffer is a revelation in her part, almost stealing the film. Her relative stillness, masking internal unrest, makes her character seem...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
If there is anything lacking in the movie, it may be a certain gusto. The director, Stephen Frears, is so happy to make this a tragicomedy...
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
The distanced result, screen-adapted by playwright Christopher Hampton, never quite overwhelms you. [21 Dec 1988, Life, p.1D]
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
No matter how many times the script instructs us that Valmont is "conspicuously charming," Malkovich is not charming, conspicuously or...
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Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
Though the costumes are beautifully designed, the chateau locations carefully chosen and the dialogue full of curling locutions, something...
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
A second-rate adaptation of the second-rate Choderlos de Laclos novel: two hours of pretty people sitting in pretty rooms and talking about...
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Rated R