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  • Summary: A cruel wager is made between the beautiful but deviousMarquise de Merteuil (Close) and her former lover, the Vicomte de Valmont (Malkovich). The Marquise challenges Valmont to seduce the virginal Cecile de Volanges (Thurman) before the girl can be wed. As a counter-challenge Valmont betsA cruel wager is made between the beautiful but deviousMarquise de Merteuil (Close) and her former lover, the Vicomte de Valmont (Malkovich). The Marquise challenges Valmont to seduce the virginal Cecile de Volanges (Thurman) before the girl can be wed. As a counter-challenge Valmont bets the Marquise that he will be able to bed the married Madame de Tourvel (Pfeiffer). Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Hal Hinson
    100
    A delectably naughty experience. This sort of wit and immediacy is extraordinarily rare in a period film.
  2. 100
    A first-rate piece of work by a director who's daring and agile... It's heaven – alive in a way that movies rarely are. [9 Jan 1989]
  3. Nothing Miss Close has done on the screen before approaches the richness and comic delicacy of her work as the Marquise. [21 Dec 1988, p.C22]
  4. The film seems a bit studied, but the creepy plot still holds a certain fascination.
  5. 75
    If there is anything lacking in the movie, it may be a certain gusto. The director, Stephen Frears, is so happy to make this a tragicomedy of manners that he sometimes turns away from obvious payoffs.
  6. No matter how many times the script instructs us that Valmont is "conspicuously charming," Malkovich is not charming, conspicuously or otherwise.
  7. A second-rate adaptation of the second-rate Choderlos de Laclos novel: two hours of pretty people sitting in pretty rooms and talking about sex. [23 Dec 1988, A& L, p.19]

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
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  1. RachelS.
    May 12, 2006
    10
    Simply the truest reflection of the battle of the sexes that there has ever been.
  2. Nov 25, 2012
    6
    First of all, no offence, but calling John Malkovich

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