Valmont (1989)

In 18th-century France, a pair of debauched aristocrats participate in a depraved game of seduction that seems destined to ruin several innocent lives. This adaptation of the classic novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses shifts the attention to… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 1, 1989
DVD Release Date: May 14, 2002
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

Colin Firth's Valmont is pleasant, a dreadful thing to say about one of literature's most magnetic seducers.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The results are too pretty and well acted to be a total washout, but the fascination with evil and power that gives the novel intensity is virtually absent; what remains is mainly petty malice and mild cynicism.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

An unqualified dud.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

Valmont is a superb piece of craftsmanship, impeccable in every detail from lighting to costuming, but as a work of art it remains tentative and blurred.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Because there are no characters animating his panorama, all this serves to prove is that though Forman's movie is broader than Frears', it is also shallower.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Directed by Milos Forman, this film is livelier, more absorbing, and generally better acted than Dangerous Liaisons, which arrived a year ago. But it runs out of inspiration long before it runs out of plot twists.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Milos Forman and Jean-Claude Carriere, while fiddling with the plot of this deliciously nasty tale, have studiously embalmed its spirit.

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Variety Staff

What keeps the film interesting, if not riveting, is the generally on target casting and resulting topnotch interpretations.

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Jon Fortgang

Insufficiently racy in tone as well as pacing, this accomplished but bland costume drama is Dangerous Liaisons' poor cousin.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
I thought this was the better of the two 80's versions. Subtler.
Lanning : )
Holy cra--You know how loads of non-American actors, when they're doing a movie that requires it, take the time to perfect their American accents? Why is… More
Pierluigi Puccini
As in his mighty "Amadeus", Milos Forman again narrates a picaresque drama within aristocratic circles in this adaptation of "Les Liasons… More
Marion Ravenwood
It was interesting to see all the manipulation and effort put towards getting revenge, but the ending fell short.
Red Lats
It is interesting how wealthy 18th century aristocrats spend their time and efforts. It is funny; whenever I see a film from this era, instead of enjoying the… More
Leo L
This film is an interesting insight into the collection of works that Firth has selected to take on.