Chéri

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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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Score distribution:
  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
    A respectable and satisfying historical romantic melodrama.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    Cheri, like the character, is an entertaining bauble without much on its mind.
  5. 60
    Cheri looks terrific, if a bit gauzy at times, and Frears, who directed Pfeiffer in that other Frenchified frolic, "Dangerous Liaisons," is never at rest. Still, the movie bogs down by going nowhere other than inside its characters, who are intensely passionate but of an era more curious than emotionally relevant.
  6. 50
    Chéri never fulfills its emotional promise.
  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: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Bichanel
    Jun 29, 2009
    10
    One of Michelle Pfeiffer's best performances. She also looks so beautiful in this film.
  2. giu
    Jul 30, 2009
    10
    Pfeiffer shines in the movie. She's the only reason!
  3. Jan 23, 2016
    8
    Underrated. Michelle Pfeiffer is great in it. Rupert Friend is so-so. The film adapts 2 novels: Cheri and The Last of Cheri. Some haveUnderrated. Michelle Pfeiffer is great in it. Rupert Friend is so-so. The film adapts 2 novels: Cheri and The Last of Cheri. Some have commented that the sequel gets short shrift in the film and they may have a point (I have not read the sequel). However, this is a gorgeous production and it provides a fascinating glimpse into the culture of successful but aging courtesans in late 19th century France. Not for everyone, of course, but I recommend watching the trailer and deciding for yourself. Expand
  4. roberti
    Jul 4, 2009
    4
    Except for Pfeiffer, the casting is laughable and undermines any hope of credibility. Bates as a former courtesan? Friend as a paramour? Please.
  5. BarbyF.
    Jun 27, 2009
    2
    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 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

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