Femme Fatale

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

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Critic Reviews

  1. Even if it's accepted simply as glitter-sprayed trash, sophomorically plotted and incompetently acted, Femme Fatale is a uniquely De Palma kind of effluence, an exercise in auteur self-parody.
  2. Sexy and passably entertaining, with a plot that's too clever by half.
  3. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    50
    Starts with a flourish, staggers along for a bit and finally collapses -- even die-hard De Palma fans, will be left hungry.
  4. The New Yorker
    Reviewed by: David Denby
    50
    Elegant nonsense. For some years, it's been clear that De Palma's work has lost the jolting intellectual energy and wit of his "Carrie" and "Dressed to Kill" days, and in Femme Fatale the Master is just diddling. [25 November 2002, p. 108]
  5. A passionate film buff's valentine to the two directors he loves most: Alfred Hitchcock and Brian De Palma. The film that this worship has inspired is pretty amusing when the director apes Hitchcock, and pretty awful when he apes himself.
  6. May not always make sense, but it's crammed with flamboyant images and frisky cinematic pranks -- It's far from a great movie, but there's nothing like it on the current scene.
  7. 50
    A tricksy meta-thriller that, replete with the requisite homage to "Vertigo," sustains its dreamlike glide through a succession of cheesy coincidences and voluptuous cheap effects.
  8. 40
    Rebecca Romijn-Stamos is just plain HOT in this film and other than that...we got ourselves a stinker.
  9. "Double Indemnity's" darkly poetic carnality is timeless. Trashy, throwaway fluff like De Palma's film can only look bad by comparison.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 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 everyAll 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.