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  • Summary: The Libertine follows the adventures of John Wilmot (Depp), the second Earl of Rochester. Known for his scandalous ways, he lives life in pursuit of vice with little recourse. (The Weinstein Company)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 30
  2. Negative: 12 out of 30
  1. 88
    This one-of-a-kind spellbinder from first-time director Laurence Dunmore is not afraid to shock. Depp is a raunchy wonder, especially in a time-capsule-worthy opening monologue.
  2. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    75
    This film isn't pretty, but it has some kick: It is to "Shakespeare in Love" what wild pheasant is to Chicken McNuggets.
  3. As the depraved John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester, Johnny Depp adds yet another sly sleazoid to his burgeoning portrait gallery.
  4. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    50
    Starting out seductive but ending up tiresome, debuting director Laurence Dunmore's pic is an honorable misfire.
  5. Not since Philip Kaufman's 2000 "Quills," the story of the Marquis de Sade, have we had so debauched a literary and movie hero, and Johnny Depp plays him with the relish of an actor who has made odd-ball characters his specialty.
  6. What comes from the mouth of Johnny Depp...not the crucial spark of wit or insight that could encourage us to spend two hours with this cruel bore.
  7. The Libertine is such a torturous mess that it winds up doing something I hadn't thought possible: It renders Johnny Depp charmless.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 7 out of 23
  1. Aug 30, 2013
    10
    A masterpiece!!! I really loved that movie. Johnny Depp has a gift and that's why is the best actor in the world. Do not miss it!!! That's the true story of the second Earl of Rochester! Expand

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