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Valmont Review

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  • 60

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    Milos Forman's meticulously produced Valmont is an extremely well-acted period piece that suffers from stately pacing and lack of dramatic high points.

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  • 63

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    USA Today Mike Clark

    Valmont, to my surprise, isn't the best movie of Choderlos de Laclos' novel. Blame overripe material, as well as Forman's benign approach to an essentially nasty yarn. [17 Nov 1989]

  • 70

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    Los Angeles Times Sheila Benson

    But seductive as his surfaces are, Forman's tack doesn't hold for long. His changes have muted a great tale of betrayal by intelligence and he has blunted the malign inevitability of Laclos' story. [17 Nov 1989]

  • 75

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    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    Valmont is a superb piece of craftsmanship, impeccable in every detail from lighting to costuming, but as a work of art it remains tentative and blurred. [17 Nov 1989]

  • 88

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The Frears version is cerebral and claustrophobic, an exercise in sexual mindplay.

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