Femme Fatale

User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 37
  2. Negative: 9 out of 37
Watch On

Review this movie

  1. Your Score
    0 out of 10
    Rate this:
    • 10
    • 9
    • 8
    • 7
    • 6
    • 5
    • 4
    • 3
    • 2
    • 1
    • 0
    • 0
  1. Submit
  2. Check Spelling
  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.
  2. Jack
    Jan 13, 2004
    10
    Great meta-thriller, with the usual DePalma hijinks, choreography and tongue-in-cheek preposterousness.
  3. Elijah
    Oct 17, 2003
    10
    Gorgeous and trashy, Femme Fatale is the most exhilarating thing you could possibly have seen in the theaters last year. Even if it doesn't completely hold up in the end, it is a beautiful exercise in style featuring a marriage of images and music that will stay with you for the rest of your life. DePalma shows his genius behind the camera here better than he ever has. Highly, highly Gorgeous and trashy, Femme Fatale is the most exhilarating thing you could possibly have seen in the theaters last year. Even if it doesn't completely hold up in the end, it is a beautiful exercise in style featuring a marriage of images and music that will stay with you for the rest of your life. DePalma shows his genius behind the camera here better than he ever has. Highly, highly recommended. Expand
  4. YoonMinC.
    Oct 2, 2003
    8
    Empty but full-bodied exercise in cinema, far sleeker and more supple than DePalma's stylistic excesses of the late 70s and early 80s, more confident and masterly as a genre piece, and more elegant as a reshuffling of formula along new contours, and highly captivating as a splicing of noir with mysticism, this is perhaps DePalma's best since Carlito's Way, and certainly Empty but full-bodied exercise in cinema, far sleeker and more supple than DePalma's stylistic excesses of the late 70s and early 80s, more confident and masterly as a genre piece, and more elegant as a reshuffling of formula along new contours, and highly captivating as a splicing of noir with mysticism, this is perhaps DePalma's best since Carlito's Way, and certainly redeems his standing after the sheer inanity of Mission to Mars. Actually, both Mission and Femme show us a master in action, and both exceed the boundaries of formualic conventions by stepping into metaphysical territory; but whereas Mission inflates into New Age schlock, Femme Fatale is sinuous and lean, brutally seductive, thereby allowing for more satisfying visceral pleasure and titillating occultish speculations. It's best appreciated as a game, played by Depalma and appreciated by knowing cineastes; not so much the mystery of the story but the construction of action and suspense, and the machinations of the plot. Those who find this hollow have a point; it's not deep and perhaps even stupid and the material is tired just as the notion of the femme fatale; but DePalma's approach is fresh and his command of the medium is masterful and total, and at the very least it deserves praise as a feat of brilliant craftsmanship. Banderas is engaging, Stamos is venomously sexy, and the villains are truly menacing. Expand
  5. Richard
    Apr 4, 2003
    7
    A crock, but an entertaining one for the most part. People have been comparing this to "Mulholland Drive," but Naomi Watts is a much more compelling actress than Romijn-Stamos, and I think it's her performance that keeps the film from being entirely successful. Banderas is much more interesting as a shlub, although his swishy act in the middle of the film struck me as curious. A crock, but an entertaining one for the most part. People have been comparing this to "Mulholland Drive," but Naomi Watts is a much more compelling actress than Romijn-Stamos, and I think it's her performance that keeps the film from being entirely successful. Banderas is much more interesting as a shlub, although his swishy act in the middle of the film struck me as curious. Overall, it's a beautiful film to watch, especially the opening heist sequence, but the points it seems to want to make about choices and possible futures is ultimately undercut by its heroine's lackluster acting. Expand
  6. VladP.
    Apr 3, 2003
    8
    This move was very well shot, all the correctors match there rolls, it was suspenseful, electrifying, and exiting movie. The begging and the ending were great and the director Really nicely thought about the dream that the female actress had in the middle of the movie. The only thing the movies was missing is the subtitles when the correctors spoke French in numerous senses. Otherwise the This move was very well shot, all the correctors match there rolls, it was suspenseful, electrifying, and exiting movie. The begging and the ending were great and the director Really nicely thought about the dream that the female actress had in the middle of the movie. The only thing the movies was missing is the subtitles when the correctors spoke French in numerous senses. Otherwise the movie as great. Expand
  7. Jonas
    Mar 27, 2003
    10
    I am a little confused: I must have seen a different film than some of these viewers. This film was incredibly gorgeous, stylish, and sexy. It's amazing for a film to be so captivating when there is very little dialogue. One of the best examples of a film that resembles a director's pure love of movies. It's one of the very best films of 2002.
  8. MattM.
    Feb 9, 2003
    10
    "Femme Fatale" is a film Alfred Hitchcock would be proud of. Director Brian DePalma crafts an elegant and intriguing heist thriller with more than its share of twists and turns. This is expert filmmaking: sleekly photographed, handsomely mounted, and visually stunning. It weaves a web of intrigue, danger, and seductiveness. The picture is sly and self-assured. Though Antonio Banderas "Femme Fatale" is a film Alfred Hitchcock would be proud of. Director Brian DePalma crafts an elegant and intriguing heist thriller with more than its share of twists and turns. This is expert filmmaking: sleekly photographed, handsomely mounted, and visually stunning. It weaves a web of intrigue, danger, and seductiveness. The picture is sly and self-assured. Though Antonio Banderas receives top billing, "Femme Fatale" belongs to Rebecca Romijn-Stamos. Whether or not she is a great actress is debatable. Yet she is a true Hitchcock-ian heroine: icy, deliciously duplicitous, and sexy as hell. Her performance may not be spectacular, but it is certainly one of the bravest performances of 2002. "Femme Fatale" is undeniably one of the best films of the year. It is certainly one of the most pleasurable motion picture experiences I have had in a while. See it, if for nothing else, for Rebecca Romijn-Stamos's fearless, sexually-charged performance. She will leave you stunned. Expand
  9. JackD.
    Dec 20, 2002
    9
    Great tongue-in-cheek suspense.
  10. Samantha
    Dec 8, 2002
    10
    Fabulous! Anyone who says otherwise is juat plain stupid.
  11. John
    Nov 26, 2002
    10
    Wonderful ... a "Mulholland Drive" that doesn't cheat.
  12. Elliott
    Nov 15, 2002
    10
    The people who reviewed this probably don't like being puzzled by a film where you actually have to PUT THE PLOT together. Sure, it's hard work, but if you require logic in a movie - - don't watch this. It surely isn't for everybody (check the reviews), but for those of us who like movies as puzzles, Femme Fatale is a wild ride. It's too bad it wasn't very The people who reviewed this probably don't like being puzzled by a film where you actually have to PUT THE PLOT together. Sure, it's hard work, but if you require logic in a movie - - don't watch this. It surely isn't for everybody (check the reviews), but for those of us who like movies as puzzles, Femme Fatale is a wild ride. It's too bad it wasn't very well-advertised. Expand
  13. MatthieuR.
    Nov 9, 2002
    9
    Save for some parts of the ending that are a bit cliche, I really enjoyed this film. It is repleted with references to other works, subtle symbols and "clins d'oeil" to famous film directors (I kept thinking of Kiezlowski's "Rouge". The lack of dialogue is refreshing in today's "explain everything to the audience". Yes, it is an erotic film, but a very well done one at that.
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. The story, to the extent that it is comprehensible, is pretentious and banal, closer to "Vanilla Sky" than "Notorious." But Mr. De Palma proves that, in the absence of insight or ideas, some amazing things are possible. It is possible, for instance, to be entranced by a movie without believing it for a second.
  2. Sexy, witty, energetic and gorgeous, but it is as stripped of the human element (in some of its production design, as well) as a minimalist Calvin Klein store.
  3. 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.