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  • Summary: In Shanghai, an aging socialite's infatuation with her ex-boyfriend manifests itself as a risky game, where her former lover agrees to seduce, then abandon a naive young woman.
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  1. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    Nov 8, 2012
    100
    Dangerous Liaisons isn't necessarily a work of art, but it's a guilty pleasure for sure.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Nov 8, 2012
    80
    Visual sumptuousness trumps the coldly erotic dastardliness of previous incarnations, but where this version feasts is on close-ups, with exchanges between pairs of eyes - the predatory versus the hesitant, the manipulatively comforting opposite the blindly vulnerable - that recall the silent era.
  3. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Nov 8, 2012
    70
    Schadenfreude carries a delectable tang no matter the language, and as the history of Hollywood shows, stories about pretty people behaving badly remain reliably alluring.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Nov 8, 2012
    58
    Hur invests the period setting with an eye-popping opulence that's meant to highlight the elite decadence that came before the fall, but his Dangerous Liaisons isn't particularly sophisticated on a political or historical level.
  5. Reviewed by: Kate Taylor
    Nov 9, 2012
    50
    With its exotic setting and its beautiful cast, this Dangerous Liaisons is lovely rather than wicked.
  6. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Nov 8, 2012
    50
    Despite the abundant surface pleasures the vision of its milieu provides, its lack of insight or engagement makes this adaptation feel, ultimately, like a missed opportunity.
  7. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Nov 8, 2012
    40
    Revenge may be a dish best served cold, as the novel suggested, but steamy adaptations simply can't be doled out lukewarm.

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