The Libertine
The Libertine (2006)

The film follows the second Earl of Rochester's adventures in London, from his passionate romance with a young actress, Elizabeth Barry, to the writing of a scurrilous play which blisteringly and bawdily lampoons the very monarch who… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 4, 2006
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33%
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58%



Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite Johnny Depp's zealous performance, muddled direction and murky cinematography hinder The Libertine.

Keith Phipps
AV Club

[Director] Dunmore creates a memorably grimy London, but the moral grime covering the film proves less memorable.

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Neva Chonin
San Francisco Chronicle

The point seems to be that too much of a good thing leads to a vast sense of nothingness and bleak cinematography. Alas, it also results in transforming a film about a sensualist into a remarkably sexless enterprise.

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

If Johnny Depp's barmy stumble through the yo-ho-hum Pirates sequel was playtime rehash, then his loathsome portrayal of the pestilent aristocrat Earl of Rochester shows an actor still daring to push the margins of his persona.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

What emerges from the bilious murk of first-time director Laurence Dunmore's film is a sad picture of an intelligent and talented writer who opted for self-indulgence and gratuitous insult over anything more meaningful.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A bawdy Restoration romp that doesn't. Romp.

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Dave White
Movies.com

Big dull drag of a movie.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

As the character grows sicker and quieter, the drama's energy fades.

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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald

From time to time, a gem-like line shines from the squalor, but in general, it's merely the film's suffocating cynicism that registers.

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net

Slightly pretentious, but original enough to be a bit interesting, and buoyed by strong performances from Depp and Morton, The Libertine is a decent telling of a historical footnote, most interesting because of its strong feminist message.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
I waited a year for this movie from Netflix, what a dissapointment. The worst Johnny Depp movie I have ever seen, Filty from start to finish. Not worth the wait… More
Alice Shen
This movie was a bit overhyped for me, but it is equal parts tragedy and badassery. "Do you like me now? Do you like me now? Do you like me...now?"… More
paul sandberg
A squallid period piece mired in the mud of historical accuracy and a meandering direction. Wasting a very good performance from J Depp, Samantha Morton and… More
Conner Rainwater
Johnny Depp did a tremendous job along with John Malkovich, but it wasn't a particularly strong film. The story was a bit too simplistic and tended to… More
Morgan Salem
Throughout this movie I kept saying to myself. "underneath the vulgarity there is a good movie with good story." I am still not sure if I was right or… More
Cindy I
I saw this a while back and wasn't impressed. But because Johnny Depp is both gorgeous and talented, I thought I'd give it another chance. I'm… More

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