Last Tango in Paris
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In Bernardo Bertolucci's art-house classic, Marlon Brando delivers one of his characteristically idiosyncratic performances as Paul, a middle-aged American in "emotional exile" who comes to Paris when his estranged wife commits suicide. Chancing to meet young Frenchwoman Jeanne (Maria Schneider), Paul enters into a sadomasochistic, carnal relationship with her, indirectly attacking the hypocrisy all around him through his raw, outrageous sexual behavior. Paul also hopes to purge himself of his own feelings of guilt, brilliantly (and profanely) articulated in a largely ad-libbed… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An uneven, convoluted, certainly dispute-provoking study of sexual passion in which Marlon Brando gives a truly remarkable performance."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The movie is sad, but it's also hugely funny, occasionally when it doesn't mean to be."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Took the world by storm with its strategy of sexual frankness and a towering performance by Marlon Brando. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"But when we look at this film, it signals a feeble turn towards art house eroticism which is tame by today's standards. For as Maria Schneider herself says ', we've seen much worse'."
‑ Moira Sullivan, Movie Magazine International
"Not to be missed."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The operatic extravagance of Bernardo Bertolucci's style has emerged more clearly since this 1972 drama, which still managed to seem vaguely naturalistic in the midst of its extravagant camera moves and eccentric construction."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The look, feel and sound of the film are evocative."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This emotional, sexual jumble of a movie still contains some interesting ideas, and some gorgeous cinematic poetry."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Bernardo Bertolucci's 1972 masterpiece of post-modern existential angst is an irrefutable art film that attempts to reconcile a depth of social existence through its sexually liberated characters."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Bernardo Bertolucci's controversial drama is actually a dark, torrid masterpiece about love and grief."
‑ Jamie Russell,
"It's Brando's film: his monologues devastate."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Brando gives a terrific performance, but Bertolucci's movie as a whole, which was so bold and audacious in 1972, does not hold up very well."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"High Art moments are offset by the grossly misogynistic behavior of Brando's character and scenes and dialogue that can seem so insipid that they negate any real eroticism or serious shock value."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Brando gives his all but just ends up becoming himself. Interesting for it's historical notoriety, but overlong and dull in places."
‑ Helen OHara, Empire Magazine
"Nobody makes sex films like this any more."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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