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  • Summary: It is turn of the century in Belle Epoque Paris and a scandalous romp is underfoot. The sensational tale begins as the ravishing Lea contemplates retirement from her renowned stature as Paris' most envied seductress to the rich and famous. (Miramax Films)
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Now that she's past 50, can we all stop holding Michelle Pfeiffer's looks against her and just admit that she's a great actress?
  2. Pfeiffer transcends any hint of cliché ''cougar'' voraciousness.
  3. 75
    With Pfeiffer, 50, radiating uncommon beauty, grace and feeling, Frears uncovers a fragile story's grieving heart.
  4. What is lacking in this version, with its hasty third act and abrupt denouement, is the surprise that their union may be the deepest love either will ever know.
  5. The movie’s shallow amusements do make for an ideal guilty pleasure, especially since the actors seem to be having so much fun. Bates, marching around like an overstuffed pigeon, is a reliable scene-stealer, while the two leads make an entirely convincing couple.
  6. What's so distressing about Michelle Pfeiffer taking a mooning calf for a lover, though, is that it robs her of the quality that has always made her such an interesting actress.
  7. Frears and Hampton's missteps begin immediately, with the director providing pinched narration as he recounts, over so many cartes de visite, the histories of other famous ladies who made a handsome living on their backs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. giu
    Jul 30, 2009
    Pfeiffer shines in the movie. She's the only reason!
  2. Bichanel
    Jun 29, 2009
    One of Michelle Pfeiffer's best performances. She also looks so beautiful in this film.
  3. roberti
    Jul 4, 2009
    Except for Pfeiffer, the casting is laughable and undermines any hope of credibility. Bates as a former courtesan? Friend as a paramour? Please.
  4. BarbyF.
    Jun 27, 2009
    I was so disappointed in this movie. The beginning narration seemed like a cheaters device to cover a lot of ground and tell me what I emotions I should have been observing in action. Predictable and boring. Expand