Bel Ami
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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 prostitute'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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 28%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""Bel Ami" is a handsome production, yet riddled with weaknesses."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Pattinson's passion is bloodless, his rakish George Duroy a font of undelivered potential."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Unfortunately the rather ludicrous camp characteristics of the story, such as Uma Thurman rolling around on Egyptian cotton sheets shouting "Look at the grain exports to Algiers!" are never fully recognised..."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"A gassy, self-satisfied adaptation of the 1885 novel of the same name, threadbare Parisian period piece Bel Ami belies the erroneous notion that costume dramas automatically have a higher IQ than their contemporary dramatic brethren."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"The film is far too concerned with its 'costume' and not nearly enough with its 'drama'."
‑ Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons
"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."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"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..."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
""Bel Ami" ends up being a film that feels cold and distant because of the stale lead and a story that makes no room for the affection between any of the couples."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"Pattinson fails to step up and command this film with his performance, and never settles on anything definitive for his character."
‑ Dominic Corry,
"Visually, the film is ornate and very attractive while the story, based on the 1885 novel by Guy de Maupassant, is essentially a pulpy morality tale about the perils of taking short cuts through life. A very satisfying, rough-edged period drama."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"This is the perfect film to cure someone of an obsession with "RPatz"."
‑ Alice Tynan, Limelight
"As a caddish young man who seduces his way up the social ladder in late-19th-century Paris, Robert Pattinson looks much more the part than a too-old-for-the-role George Sanders in Hollywood's watered-down 1947 version, The Private Affairs of Bel Ami."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Pattinson doesn't work as the manipulative cad that this story demands."
‑ Brian Tallerico,
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