Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 30
  2. Negative: 5 out of 30
  1. 38
    De Palma fools around with split screens and slo-mo, but no amount of cinematic artifice can varnish over the fact that this is simply a bad film.
  2. 38
    Nothing short of a disaster -– easily one of the worst movies of the year.
  3. Mainly, Femme Fatale is really about De Palma's three favorite things: women, movies and women. And you can either share his guilty pleasures in all their living, breathing, power-edited, overextended glory, or you can get on with your life.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    25
    It tries hard to be sexy, mysterious and dangerous, but ends up laughably inscrutable.
  5. If you look hard, you can make out a story in Femme Fatale, but it has nothing to do with the senseless pileup of jewel thievery, shutterbug voyeurism, and leggy sex bombs so shallow and bad they seem to have come out of a 1978 copy of Hustler magazine.
User Score
6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 24
  2. Negative: 6 out of 24
  1. Dec 29, 2012
    8
    All style, no substance, but it's very cool and superbly shot. You can say the whole is less than the some of its parts, but nearly every scene by itself is amazing. Full Review »
  2. FrankO.
    Jan 25, 2006
    5
    Had great hopes for this movie but DePalma just couldn't pull it off...too long, a waste of Peter Coyote's skills as an actor.