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Based on 30 Reviews
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  • 50
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Sexy and passably entertaining, with a plot that's too clever by half. show more

  • 25
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    It tries hard to be sexy, mysterious and dangerous, but ends up laughably inscrutable. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Femme Fatale is glossy, glamorous cinema as collage. Maybe all the pieces of a truly good film noir are here, but the filmmaker has opted simply to toss them into the air and let them fall where they may. show more

  • 63
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Sexy, witty, energetic and gorgeous, but it is as stripped of the human element (in some of its production design, as well) as a minimalist Calvin Klein store. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This is pure filmmaking, elegant and slippery. I haven't had as much fun second-guessing a movie since "Mulholland Drive." show more

  • 63
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    The film is De Palma's tribute to film noir, to Paris and to the cinema itself. show more

  • 63
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Viewers who like their movies to adhere to some sort of reasonable logic, or to at least make sense, will not be pleased by Femme Fatale. For everyone else, it's playtime. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Fatale is, truthfully, a mess - an absurdly overwritten Eurotrash thriller that beggars an audience's suspension of disbelief. It's also great over-the-top moviemaking if you're in a slap-happy mood. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    May not always make sense, but it's crammed with flamboyant images and frisky cinematic pranks -- It's far from a great movie, but there's nothing like it on the current scene. show more

  • 50
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Even if it's accepted simply as glitter-sprayed trash, sophomorically plotted and incompetently acted, Femme Fatale is a uniquely De Palma kind of effluence, an exercise in auteur self-parody. show more

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