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Bel Ami (2012)



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

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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 trysts with wealthy beauties, in a world where politics and media jostle for influence, where sex is power and celebrity an obsession. -- (C) Magnolia

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Robert Pattinson
as Georges Duroy
Uma Thurman
as Madeleine Forestier
Christina Ricci
as Clotilde de Marelle
Kristin Scott Thomas
as Virginie Rousset
Colm Meaney
as Monsieur Rousset
Natalia Tena
as Rachel the Prostitute
Philip Glenister
as Charles Forestier
Holliday Grainger
as Suzanne Rousset
James Lance
as Francois Laroche
Anthony Higgins
as Comte de Vaudrec
Timothy Walker
as Solicitor
Pip Torrens
as Paul the Butler
Christopher Fulford
as Police Commissioner
George Potts
as Chief Cashier
Eloise Webb
as Laurine de Marelle
Iain Robertson
as Innkeeper
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Critic Reviews for Bel Ami

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (36)

It's neither seductive nor absorbing, and although I hate to point the finger... I would say the lead actor, Robert Pattinson, means well and tries hard, bless, but just doesn't have the chops.

August 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Pattinson doesn't work as the manipulative cad that this story demands.

June 22, 2012 | Rating: 2.0/5.0 | Full Review…

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.

June 21, 2012 | Full Review…

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.

June 21, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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

June 15, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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...

June 14, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4

Audience Reviews for Bel Ami

A rushed and insipid soap opera with lame performances, especially by Robert Pattinson, who is a terrible actor completely miscast as an ambitious seducer, unable to show what his character feels or what could possibly draw those refined women to him beside his looks.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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I like movies based on this era, but the subject of this movie was senseless to me...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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 than Twilight movies. Also quite like Christina Ricci. This is a really well acted movie. Robert is quite convincing and you do see that all is not smiles as he seems to be on the surface. The women are also well written and convincing. The sex scene with him and Uma is quite brutal in an unexpected way. Actually hard to watch even though nothing is really shown. Quite a dark little movie.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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