User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 140 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 140
  2. Negative: 48 out of 140
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  1. OscarP.
    May 16, 2005
    2
    One of the worst french films i have seen in the cinema. I. Huppert is the best of this.
  2. Mandy
    May 28, 2005
    1
    AWFUL. sick, perverse. i walks out after an hour and a half and i'm shocked that i stayed that long. the plot was weak, so the gratuitous, violent, sexual scenes grew to be boring. yes, they were disturbing, but there was no plot to back them.
  3. MoiA.
    Jun 15, 2005
    0
    All I can say is......YUCK!!!!!
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35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 19
  2. Negative: 7 out of 19
  1. So clinically detached it borders on absurd.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    50
    Director Christophe Honore's respectable, tightly coiled, but ultimately unrewarding adaptation of Georges Bataille's posthumous novel.
  3. 50
    Can't transcend its own suffocating milieu.