Dangerous Liaisons
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Adapted for stage and screen several times over the past century, French author Francois Choderlos de Laclos' 1782 novel Les Liasons Dangeureuses was the basis for this Academy Award-winning Stephen Frears film. The plot is motivated by a cruel wager between the beautiful but debauched Marquise de Merteuil (Glenn Close) and her misogynistic former lover, the Vicomte de Valmont (John Malkovitch). The Marquise challenges Valmont to seduce the virginal Cecile de Volanges (Uma Thurman) before the girl can be wed. Valmont offers a more difficult counter-challenge: He bets the Marquise that he… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This incisive study of sex as an arena for manipulative power games takes too long to catch fire and suffers from a deficient central performance."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Witty, entertaining, if occasionally overripe."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Emotional cruelty through sexual manipulation is the rule of the game of this smooth transfer of Christopher Hampton's witty play, with an all-American cast, headed by Glenn Close and Michelle Pfeiffer."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Close, Malkovich e Pfeiffer aproveitam ao máximo seus fascinantes personagens e os diálogos afiados do roteiro de Hampton, mas o filme é um pouco mais frio do que deveria."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Stephen Frears' direction is superb -- the design and lighting evoke simultaneous worlds of privilege and squalor, and while the nature of day-to-day life in 18th century France becomes readily apparent, it never becomes distracting."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"The creepy plot still holds a certain fascination."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Director Stephen Frears accelerates entertainingly through Christopher Hampton's wig-and-powder sado-comedy about sexual mind games in 18th-century France."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Splendid... full of deliciously devious characters"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Wicked and well-appointed, this is a deliriously sinful costume a drama."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Perhaps the juciest adaptation of the story that one could hope for."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"A sombre, manipulative affair in which the decor is never allowed to usurp our interest."
‑ Steve Grant, Time Out
"Tantalizingly wicked -- watching it makes the color rise to your cheeks."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"For a tragedy that carries a strong emotional kick, it's wickedly fun."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Its vernacular style allows the film to connect easily with present-day morals, sexual politics, and thirst for power."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's like Masterpiece Theater ... but not boring!"
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
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