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: March 10, 2006
DVD Release Date: July 4, 2006
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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.

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.

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.

Dave White

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.

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

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"… 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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