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It is turn of the century in Belle Epoque Paris and a scandalous romp is underfoot. The sensational tale begins as the ravishing Lea contemplates retirement from her renowned stature as Paris' most envied seductress to the rich and famous. Her plans are cut short when she is approached by a former courtesan and arch rival, the barb-throwing gossip Charlotte Peloux, who encourages Lea to teach her disaffected 19-year-old son -- a bon vivant nicknamed "Cheri" -- a thing or two about women. The resulting escapades involve power struggles over sex, money, age and society -- and,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

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"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
"Pfeiffer maintains her poise throughout. It's not her performance that limits Chéri, it's the script, which too thin to support the emotional weight it's expected to bear."
‑ Brian D. Johnson, Maclean's Magazine
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
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