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  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Dangerous Liaisons isn't necessarily a work of art, but it's a guilty pleasure for sure. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    An interesting twist on a classic plot, Dangerous Liaisons is essentially a deluxe soap opera. But with its beautiful cast and gorgeous production design, it is still a highly enjoyable way to waste two hours. show more

  • 65
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Relocating Dangerous Liaisons, the 18th-century French erotic intrigue, to 1930s Shanghai is a bold move. And yet it's not especially surprising. In Chinese movies, that city in that decade frequently serves as shorthand for decadence. show more

  • 50
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    With its exotic setting and its beautiful cast, this Dangerous Liaisons is lovely rather than wicked. show more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine

    Despite the abundant surface pleasures the vision of its milieu provides, its lack of insight or engagement makes this adaptation feel, ultimately, like a missed opportunity. show more

  • 40
    David Fear Time Out New York

    Revenge may be a dish best served cold, as the novel suggested, but steamy adaptations simply can't be doled out lukewarm. show more

  • 80
    Robert Abele Los Angeles Times

    Visual sumptuousness trumps the coldly erotic dastardliness of previous incarnations, but where this version feasts is on close-ups, with exchanges between pairs of eyes - the predatory versus the hesitant, the manipulatively comforting opposite the blindly vulnerable - that recall the silent era. show more

  • 70
    Manohla Dargis The New York Times

    Schadenfreude carries a delectable tang no matter the language, and as the history of Hollywood shows, stories about pretty people behaving badly remain reliably alluring. show more

  • 50
    Nick Pinkerton Village Voice

    The least one should hope for from another adaptation of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos's Dangerous Liaisons is savory, salacious trash, but nothing in Hur Jin-ho's tony new version approaches the dizzying depths of Sarah Michelle Gellar spelling out the conditions of her sex bet with Ryan Phillippe ("You can put it anywhere . . .") in 1999's "Cruel Intentions." show more

  • 58
    Scott Tobias The A.V. Club

    Hur invests the period setting with an eye-popping opulence that's meant to highlight the elite decadence that came before the fall, but his Dangerous Liaisons isn't particularly sophisticated on a political or historical level. show more

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