Bel Ami
Bel Ami (2012)

Bel Ami is the story of Georges Duroy, who travels through 1890s Paris, from cockroach ridden garrets to opulent salons, using his wits and powers of seduction to rise from poverty to wealth, from a prostitute's embrace to passionate… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 8, 2012
DVD Release Date: August 7, 2012
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Critic Score: 28% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bel Ami contains some soapy pleasures but it overall rushes through the narrative and suffers from a vague central performance by Robert Pattinson.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Bel Ami" is a handsome production, yet riddled with weaknesses.

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John Anderson

Pattinson's passion is bloodless, his rakish George Duroy a font of undelivered potential.

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Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald

Bel Ami could have been well-dressed, saucy escapism but as far as costume dramas go, it's big on costumes and woefully short on drama.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

The supposedly cunning protagonist registers as a cipher, and the directors' tendency to shoot dialogue scenes in close-up blunts any understanding of the social milieu he's trying to conquer.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Good actors flit in and out of the movie - particularly Kristin Scott Thomas and Colm Meaney - but no one seems able to conquer the essential silliness of it all...

Glenn Dunks

Unfortunately the rather ludicrous camp characteristics of the story, such as Uma Thurman rolling around on Egyptian cotton sheets shouting "Look at the grain exports to Algiers!" are never fully recognised...

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The women are all elegant and intelligent, they know the ways of the world, and they know Georges' history. Why do they find him attractive? We don't, and that failure is the downfall of the film.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

What distinguishes Pattinson in the role is the sense he conveys of someone roiling and churning beneath a surface that is almost, but not quite, calm.

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Jeff Beck

"Bel Ami" ends up being a film that feels cold and distant because of the stale lead and a story that makes no room for the affection between any of the couples.

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Flixster Audience Score: 29% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhăes
A rushed and insipid soap-opera with lame performances, especially by Robert Pattinson, who is a terrible actor completely miscast as an ambitious seducer,… More
Manu Gino
Possessed by love. Consumed by desire. Not so great of a movie! The choice of Robert Pattinson as the hero, or antihero of Guy de Maupassant's novel is… More
Cynthia S.
I like movies based on this era, but the subject of this movie was senseless to me...
Dead Angel
Should have read the story line before watching this.
Nicki Marie
Started off slow, but really was worth sticking with. I am not a fan of period movies in general, but was interested to see Robert Pattinson in something other… More
Walter M.
In "Bel Ami," Georges Duroy(Robert Pattinson) finds the opportunity to go out for the evening in Paris in 1890, even though he is almost flat broke.… More