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7.0

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Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. 20
    With its callow cast and playful tone, there is nothing dangerous about Forman's variation on the novelist's schemes.
  2. The results are too pretty and well acted to be a total washout, but the fascination with evil and power that gives the novel intensity is virtually absent; what remains is mainly petty malice and mild cynicism.
  3. 88
    The Frears version is cerebral and claustrophobic, an exercise in sexual mindplay.