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8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 104 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 91 out of 104
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 104
  3. Negative: 13 out of 104
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  1. UghiY.
    Jul 10, 2005
    10
    I liked the film. Best I've seen in a while. Nothing special. But, I thought Louis Garrel was amazing. Good cinematography. A little sexual but you know. One of the best French films in a while. The NC-17 rating was so cool!
  2. PrudenceK.
    Jul 10, 2005
    10
    Louis Garrel and Isabelle Huppert both deserve Oscar for their chilling performances! Incredible film. The best film I've ever seen of all time.
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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.