Dangerous Liaisons
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 1, 1988
DVD Release Date: May 1, 2001
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Stylish, seductive, and clever, Stephen Frears' adaptation is a wickedly entertaining exploration of sexual politics.

Variety Staff

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.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Witty, entertaining, if occasionally overripe.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The creepy plot still holds a certain fascination.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Director Stephen Frears accelerates entertainingly through Christopher Hampton's wig-and-powder sado-comedy about sexual mind games in 18th-century France.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Splendid... full of deliciously devious characters

Steve Grant
Time Out

A sombre, manipulative affair in which the decor is never allowed to usurp our interest.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Tantalizingly wicked -- watching it makes the color rise to your cheeks.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

For a tragedy that carries a strong emotional kick, it's wickedly fun.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Jennifer D
I love France in this time.... pretty dresses. I found it very intriguing and seductive. Proves once more Glenn Close is astonishing and that Keanu Reeves… More
xGary Xx
Manipulative aristocrats John Malkovich and Glenn Close engage in sexual conquest and gender warfare beneath the outward formality and respectability of 18th… More
Morgan Salem
good plot JOHN MALKOVICH is a strange actor... he kept the same face the entire time!!! he never showed emotion evan when he died!
Candy Rose
This movie is based on a novel, set in 18th century France. Two similar characters - Merteuil (Glenn Close) and Valmont (John Malkovich) scheme and manipulate… More
Drew Smith
This is basically Elizabeth, if Elizabeth were an old slutty manipulatress. I know it's a good movie and technically impressive and all that shit that… More
Alice Shen
Seeing "Cruel Intentions" first kinda took the bloom off the rose for this film. Not that I love the prior or anything, I just knew what was going to… More