Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Sep 8, 2011
    100
    The goal of this review - why not just say it? - is to disclose as little about the story as possible while instilling a ravenous and even rabid desire to see Love Crime immediately.
  2. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Sep 22, 2011
    88
    Like some murderous version of "Working Girl," the ruthless exec and the seemingly naive underling go at one another - turning the film, at a pivotal moment, into a satisfying whodunit.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Sep 1, 2011
    80
    A delicious thriller that gets under the skin à la "All About Eve," albeit with a twist: The craft here is still theater, but of the workplace rather than the stage.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Oct 6, 2011
    75
    The movie is called Love Crime. But its hidden message has more to do with business than with passion. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Especially one in a power suit, who knows how to work a room.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Sep 22, 2011
    75
    Scott Thomas can play these sorts of ice queens in her sleep, but I've long thought she's a more effective and nuanced performer in French-language projects than in English-language ones. The performance is laced with just enough wit to make it sting.
  6. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Sep 21, 2011
    75
    One of the pleasures is watching the gears mesh. The screenplay has been written by Corneau and Nathalie Carter with meticulous attention to detail. Like classic mystery authors, they play fair, so that the surprises at the end are consistent with what we've seen - although we didn't realize it at the time.
  7. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Sep 2, 2011
    75
    Brings to mind "Working Girl" and "The Devil Wears Prada" -- but it has delightful differences only the French could conjure up, plus a musical soundtrack from jazz saxophone great Pharoah Sanders.
  8. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    Sep 2, 2011
    70
    Picture initially suggests a sort of Gallic "Damages," with Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier in the Glenn Close and Rose Byrne roles, but the corporate catfight soon gives way to a cleverly designed whodunit.
  9. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Sep 2, 2011
    70
    Despite this provocative introduction Love Crime isn't some Sapphic French answer to "Disclosure."
  10. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Sep 1, 2011
    70
    It is interesting and ingenious, even if some of the kinky, queasy fascination that had been so intoxicating in the earlier scenes ebbs away.
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Sep 10, 2011
    67
    It's all tease in the first half, and all implausibilities in the second. Still, Thomas is always worth watching, in French or in English, whether her mood be chilly or tropical.
  12. Reviewed by: Bernard Besserglik
    Sep 2, 2011
    60
    Love Crime has Hitchcockian pretentious, with perhaps a touch of film noir, but the "love" component is perfunctorily done and the "crime" pay-off is unconvincing (despite the twist in the tail). The Master would not have allowed the suspense to dissipate so wantonly.
  13. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Aug 30, 2011
    60
    Love Crime soon plummets into a flashback-laden mess, a shame since it was marginally stronger as a psychosexual game of dominance.
  14. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Aug 31, 2011
    58
    A corporate crime thriller that explores the relationships of women in power, but while Corneau delivers a slick, well-acted piece with a surprising mid-movie twist, Love Crime is too thin and too on-point to deliver the jolt he and co-screenwriter Nathalie Carter most likely intended.
  15. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Oct 6, 2011
    50
    This is a ridiculous movie - a thriller so indifferent to suspense, so above mystery that one character literally stabs another in the front.
  16. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Sep 22, 2011
    50
    There's something wrong with a suspense film when the sets are more interesting than the characters.
  17. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Sep 6, 2011
    50
    The two-handed duet at the center of Love Crime radiates, but the parade of easily parodied men who stomp in and out of their corporate offices just seem like script rejects from "Mad Men."
  18. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Sep 2, 2011
    50
    The lack of authenticity underlines the thinness of their conceit: Without a plausible backdrop, all that's left of Love Crime are the power games between two duplicitous women and the serpentine plotting that results. And even that, under the slightest scrutiny, frays like a thin layer of tissue paper.
  19. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Aug 30, 2011
    50
    Even KST is left floundering as the misconceived, underwritten totem of today's amoral, power-mad executive, wearing flowing trousers and medallion necklaces not seen since Faye Dunaway demanded a meeting in "Network."
  20. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Aug 27, 2011
    50
    The film is less corporate parable than intricately crafted revenge drama whose intensively detailed plotting can't hide the fact that the whole thing seems like a lot of work for a glaringly modest payoff.
  21. Reviewed by: Joe Dziemianowicz
    Sep 2, 2011
    40
    More cold fish than cold-blooded, director Alain Correau keeps his movie buttoned up and predictable.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Dec 22, 2012
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. A good little thriller which has already been remade by Brian Depalma as 'Passion' and whose version I am sure will contain a lot more sex and style.That is not meant in any way to be detrimental to what we have here. Kristin Scott Thomas (always classy) and Ludivine Sagnier are both great as the sparring work colleagues. Friends, and enemies by turn, they are fascinating to watch as the fabric of their relationship unravels. The first hour of the film is compelling and one is engaged in a story that promises more than it ultimately delivers. Events become more puzzling and rather unsatisfactory however, following the demise of Scott Thomas. All along we know what the denouement will be, but the film is so long winded in getting there that a loss of interest is inevitable. The black and white inter cuts do a good job of clarifying things in the second half and the final scene ends on a high. Full Review »
  2. Apr 22, 2012
    4
    I have not seen a French film in years that I liked. At least this one is tolerable, though unbelievable; what the characters say and do did not touch me any in away. At least this time I did not FFWD through as I as waiting for the resolve, the exposure, the truth. But has been said by better, "you can't handle the truth" which is, many French films are over rated. Perhaps there is a certain gene I am missing. Not worth my time but not as bad as the usual French output that gets outstanding American reviews. Full Review »
  3. Oct 10, 2011
    5
    Rare for a mysterious thriller set in the high stakes business realm, Love Crime (Crime dâ