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Stephen Frears, the director who bolstered his international reputation with his Choderlos de Laclos adaptation Dangerous Liaisons (1988), returns to the annals of period intrigue over 20 years later with this melodrama, which reunites him with Liasons scripter Christopher Hampton and star Michelle Pfeiffer. An adaptation of Colette's 1920 novel of the same name, the tale unfurls in late 19th century Paris -- La Belle Époque -- where numerous courtesans (or female companions of noblemen who occupied the royal courts) have worked their way up through the ranks of high society. Two retired… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A movie like Cheri needs the time and space of The Age of Innocence. Instead, it's rushed along in an hour and 40 minutes."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Cheri is a serviceable period piece, but not much more."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Insubstantial bit of fluff, with whores sitting around dishing each other."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Gallic liaisons that aren't especially dangerous - or intriguing."
‑ Don Groves,
"Pretty, yet uneven, Cheri could have been much more had the details in its story matched that in its production design."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"It's the kind of refined, delicate acting Pfeiffer does so well, and it's a further reminder of how much we've missed her since she's been away."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Michelle Pfeiffer is quite good, but the script leaves Kathy Bates -- talented as she is -- with a bit of a cartoonish performance."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"For a movie that is so steeped in sex and carries an R rating, there's a pretty scant amount of titillating sex."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Un correcto cuadro de época, entre la comedia picaresca y el drama romántico, con sólo una excusa para verlo: el regreso protagónico de Michelle Pfeiffer."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"Frears does a fine job of capturing the look of turn-of-the-century France, as well as the essence of Colette's story."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"These two lovebirds are playfully mismatched, and that's just why they fall for each other."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Where is the passion? Where is the heat?"
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"full review at Movies for the Masses"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Director Stephen Frears made a nice job of The Queen but this is 'King awful."
‑ Robbie Collin, News of the World
"Clever, charming, and slightly superficial, Cheri is the kind of pert period piece that gets by on a great deal of creative goodwill."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
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