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Bel Ami is the story of Georges Duroy, who travels through 1890s Paris, from cockroach ridden garrets to opulent salons, using his wits and powers of seduction to rise from poverty to wealth, from a p... read more read more...rostitute's embrace to passionate trysts with wealthy beauties, in a world where politics and media jostle for influence, where sex is power and celebrity an obsession. -- (C) Magnolia

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R, 1 hr. 42 min.

Directed by: Declan Donnellan, Nick Ormerod

Release Date: June 8, 2012

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DVD Release Date: August 7, 2012

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  • February 19, 2013
    I like movies based on this era, but the subject of this movie was senseless to me...
  • December 2, 2012
    Started off slow, but really was worth sticking with. I am not a fan of period movies in general, but was interested to see Robert Pattinson in something other than Twilight movies. Also quite like Christina Ricci.
    This is a really well acted movie. Robert is quite convincing an... read mored you do see that all is not smiles as he seems to be on the surface. The women are also well written and convincing. The sex scene with him and Uma is quite brutal in an unexpected way. Actually hard to watch even though nothing is really shown.
    Quite a dark little movie.
  • November 27, 2012
    Possessed by love. Consumed by desire.

    Not so great of a movie! The choice of Robert Pattinson as the hero, or antihero of Guy de Maupassant's novel is probably the main reason for the overall failure of the movie adaptation. Missing the artistic maturity necessary to sustain t... read morehe depth of a complex character, he seems to feel uncomfortable in his role, and whereas at the beginning his pale, embarrassed face and posture may be suitable for the part of a former poor soldier entering the glittering world of high society, once he is part of it, those same face and posture reveal his true feeling ill at ease in what is a totally unsuitable role for him. That's why the story, centred on his figure, develops in a boring, pedantic way, showing no punch and no real pathos, in search for a bounce that never comes. Nothing to say against the brilliant female performances,the frivolous Christina Ricci is the only one who enlivens the pale and inexpressive face of Georges, but Uma Thurman and Kristin Scott Thomas compete for the best performance, the first perfect in the role of the ambiguous Madeleine, and the latter courageous in her role of an ageing married woman, losing her mind for a young lover, and the last scene with her dressed in black at her daughter's marriage to Georges proves the only vivid moment within the whole picture.

    Georges Duroy is a penniless soldier returning from war. He travels to Paris in a search for ways to improve his social and financial status. He uses his wit and powers of seduction to charm wealthy women.
  • July 31, 2012
    Should have read the story line before watching this.
  • July 5, 2012
    A rushed and insipid soap-opera with lame perfomances, especially by Robert Pattinson, who is a terrible actor and is completely miscast as an ambitious seducer - unable to show how his character feels and what could possibly draw those refined women to him.
  • November 1, 2013
    In "Bel Ami," Georges Duroy(Robert Pattinson) finds the opportunity to go out for the evening in Paris in 1890, even though he is almost flat broke. That turns out to be a good move when he runs into Charles Forestier(Philip Glenister, of "Life on Mars"), an old army buddy who i... read mores doing well in business and invites Georges to dinner. He even gives Georges some money for the formal wear he requires, some of which is spent on purchasing the services of a prostitute(Natalia Tena). Georges' good luck continues when he is hired to write a newspaper column, with a little help from Charles' wife Madeleine(Uma Thurman) before he starts an affair with Clotilde(Christina Ricci).

    While a great looking movie with promise, "Bel Ami," at the same time, cannot decide on what kind of movie it wants to be nor what it thinks of its anti-hero who intends to sleep his way to the top, both critical flaws.(I'd personally go for pitch black farce, myself.) Of course, it does not help that we get another cruel reminder that we will be stuck with Robert Pattinson for the foreseeable future. Otherwise, Christina Ricci is proof positive of the law of diminishing returns while Uma Thurman is neither here nor there. And Colm Meaney is much better playing a nineteenth century robber baron on "Hell on Wheels." But at least Kristin Scott Thomas gets it, stealing the movie with the few scenes she is in while even getting something meaningful out of Pattinson, reminding us what people may have seen in him in the first place.
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    A ruthless young man claws his way out of poverty and uses the women who help him along the way without regard for their feelings in this lovely costume drama starring Richard Pattinson, Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman, and Kristin Scott Thomas. Young Mr Pattison holds his own among... read more the trio of lovely, talented ladies, surprisingly. His character is not sympathetic, and one feels sorry for the way he uses and discards the people for whom he should be grateful, and yet the story draws one in, wondering just how cruel he can be and still find himself climbing the social ladder of Parisian society. The supporting cast is excellent and the costumes and sets are sumptuous. What a cad!
  • November 9, 2012
    A drama starring Robert Pattinson is not an easy task, and the directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod had a difficulty convincing me that he was the perfect match for Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci and Colm Meaney. I watched it to the end wishing a littl... read moree bit more but it was always lacking full satisfaction.

    The story is based on the 1885 French novel of the same name by Guy de Maupassant which is a wonderful and very enjoyable work... while the film Bel Ami contains more soapy pleasures rushing through the real story. Robert Pattinson was in a role of Georges Duroy (Pattinson describes Duroy as being "completely amoral"), Uma Thurman was Madeleine Forestier, Duroy's secret love interest, and later wife, Kristin Scott Thomas was Madame Walter, whose lover Duroy becomes to further his interests, Christina Ricci as Clotilde de Marelle, who even though married genuinely loves Duroy, and Colm Meaney as Rousset. Not a bad casting.

    It was obvious that directors targeted the art film audience, premiering the film out of competition at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival, but not many could see the artistic value in it. To me, it seems that 9 million could be spent on something with more substance. Watchable, but not special.
  • June 17, 2012
    As a big fan of period dramas, I found myself greatly let down by Bel Ami. It has a strong cast, but a bad sense of storytelling, with poor pacing, feeling both slow in parts and rushed in others. The performance by Robert Pattinson in many embodies the film, he looks the part, i... read mores capable, but doesn't bring the necessary charisma or subtlety to the film that is needed. The motivations of all involved is too murky, the film's sense of intrigue is simply not interesting enough. Other films have been over similar territory and to better effect, including Barry Lyndon and Dangerous Liaisons.

    2.5/5 Stars
  • August 8, 2012
    Although "Bel Ami" fails to fully tear Robert Pattinson away from his vampire upbringings, the fact that the viewer is mostly supposed to dislike his central character provides for some on-par reactions. With a lovely cast of females surrounding him, especially Christina Ricci, w... read moreho grows more gorgeous with every role she plays and continues to prove that she will one day be an Academy Award winning actress, the focus is taken off Pattinson and his inability to reach beyond a certain base-set of emotions and transcends into a sexy, albeit slightly melodramatic, period piece.

Critic Reviews


Colin Covert
June 21, 2012
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Bel Ami" is a handsome production, yet riddled with weaknesses. Full Review

Ben Sachs
June 21, 2012
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

The supposedly cunning protagonist registers as a cipher, and the directors' tendency to shoot dialogue scenes in close-up blunts any understanding of the social milieu he's trying to conquer. Full Review

Roger Ebert
June 21, 2012
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

The women are all elegant and intelligent, they know the ways of the world, and they know Georges' history. Why do they find him attractive? We don't, and that failure is the downfall of the film. Full Review

John Anderson
June 15, 2012
John Anderson, Newsday

Pattinson's passion is bloodless, his rakish George Duroy a font of undelivered potential. Full Review

Moira MacDonald
June 14, 2012
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

Good actors flit in and out of the movie - particularly Kristin Scott Thomas and Colm Meaney - but no one seems able to conquer the essential silliness of it all... Full Review

Mick LaSalle
June 8, 2012
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

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. Full Review

Stephen Whitty
June 8, 2012
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

Cramming over 400 pages into a little over 100 minutes not only skips over important incidents - like Georges' embarrassed return home with one love -- but rushes the characters through emotional arcs. Full Review

Peter Travers
June 8, 2012
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

With that cast, we rightfully expect fireworks. What we get is the film equivalent of a wet blanket. Full Review

Farran Smith Nehme
June 8, 2012
Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post

Pattinson's callowness and tendency to play rage as petulance don't help. Full Review

Michael O'Sullivan
June 8, 2012
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

Pattinson's performance is so enervated that his Georges Duroy comes across as something of a cipher. Full Review

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Facts


    • Clotilde de Marelle: You're just one of them, after all. Just another selfish, brutal man. Just another thief.
    • Georges Duroy: Well there is no next life.
    • Georges Duroy: That's because you've never been poor.
    • Georges Duroy: I will ruin you..
    • Georges Duroy: It's so clear to me.
    • Georges Duroy: Being loved is not enough.

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