Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This one-of-a-kind spellbinder from first-time director Laurence Dunmore is not afraid to shock. Depp is a raunchy wonder, especially in a time-capsule-worthy opening monologue.
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New York Post

This film isn't pretty, but it has some kick: It is to "Shakespeare in Love" what wild pheasant is to Chicken McNuggets.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Depp accepts the character and all of its baggage, and works without a net.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
Johnny Depp makes a riveting antihero in a dark and bawdy period drama.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Illuminated by dim candles and the rare glimmer of sun, the movie is grainy, closed-in, and likely to cause spasms of claustrophobia.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Not since Philip Kaufman's 2000 "Quills," the story of the Marquis de Sade, have we had so debauched a literary and movie hero, and Johnny Depp plays him with the relish of an actor who has made odd-ball characters his specialty.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
If your idea of a good time is watching a disjointed period piece featuring a scrawny dog defecating, dozens of dissipated people fornicating and a syphilitic Johnny Depp with oozing pustules on his face, The Libertine may be just the movie for you.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A glorious disaster.
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San Francisco Chronicle

There is little debauchery to be had in Laurence Dunmore's adaptation of The Libertine. In fact, hedonism has never looked so bleak.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The Libertine is such a torturous mess that it winds up doing something I hadn't thought possible: It renders Johnny Depp charmless.
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44 out of 100
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