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Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Nov 8, 2012
    50
    The least one should hope for from another adaptation of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos's Dangerous Liaisons is savory, salacious trash, but nothing in Hur Jin-ho's tony new version approaches the dizzying depths of Sarah Michelle Gellar spelling out the conditions of her sex bet with Ryan Phillippe ("You can put it anywhere . . .") in 1999's "Cruel Intentions."
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Nov 8, 2012
    65
    Relocating Dangerous Liaisons, the 18th-century French erotic intrigue, to 1930s Shanghai is a bold move. And yet it's not especially surprising. In Chinese movies, that city in that decade frequently serves as shorthand for decadence.
  7. Reviewed by: Kate Taylor
    Nov 9, 2012
    50
    With its exotic setting and its beautiful cast, this Dangerous Liaisons is lovely rather than wicked.
  8. 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.
  9. Reviewed by: Stephen Dalton
    Nov 8, 2012
    70
    An interesting twist on a classic plot, Dangerous Liaisons is essentially a deluxe soap opera. But with its beautiful cast and gorgeous production design, it is still a highly enjoyable way to waste two hours.
  10. 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.

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