BEL AMI is the story of Georges Duroy, who travels through 1890s Paris, from cockroach ridden garrets to opulent salons, using his wits and powers of seduction to rise from poverty to wealth, from a prostitute's embrace to passionate trysts with wealthy beauties, in a world where politics and media jostle for influence, where sex is power and celebrity an obsession.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Although this is potentially juicy stuff, it is as dry and tasteless as a shrunken piece of fruit left in the refrigerator far too long.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 06.07.2012
With that cast, we rightfully expect fireworks. What we get is the film equivalent of a wet blanket.Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 06.08.2012
Intriguing political aspects of the story involving military designs on Morocco and the influence of the media would have more resonance if the human drama had more heft.Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, 06.07.2012
Te casting of an inexpressive pinup boy in the lead role is the most up-to-date thing about Bel Ami. Everything else is as conventional as the plodding, pudding-thick score.Mark Jenkins, NPR, 06.07.2012