• Released
  • March 10, 2006
  • NR , 1 hr 54 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Comedy
  • 37 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: John Wilmot, aka the Earl of Rochester, is a 17th-century poet who found posthumous success.

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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...
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75

New York Post

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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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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Depp accepts the character and all of its baggage, and works without a net.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
Johnny Depp makes a riveting antihero in a dark and bawdy period drama.
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63

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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38

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...
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38

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...
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38

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A glorious disaster.
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25

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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0

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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Rated NR | For Strong Sexuality Inc. Dialogue, Language and Violence