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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    This one-of-a-kind spellbinder from first-time director Laurence Dunmore is not afraid to shock. Depp is a raunchy wonder, especially in a time-capsule-worthy opening monologue. show more

  • 25
    San Francisco Chronicle

    There is little debauchery to be had in Laurence Dunmore's adaptation of The Libertine. In fact, hedonism has never looked so bleak. show more

  • 38
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    If your idea of a good time is watching a disjointed period piece featuring a scrawny dog defecating, dozens of dissipated people fornicating and a syphilitic Johnny Depp with oozing pustules on his face, The Libertine may be just the movie for you. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Illuminated by dim candles and the rare glimmer of sun, the movie is grainy, closed-in, and likely to cause spasms of claustrophobia. show more

  • 38
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Not since Philip Kaufman's 2000 "Quills," the story of the Marquis de Sade, have we had so debauched a literary and movie hero, and Johnny Depp plays him with the relish of an actor who has made odd-ball characters his specialty. show more

  • 70
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    Johnny Depp makes a riveting antihero in a dark and bawdy period drama. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Depp accepts the character and all of its baggage, and works without a net. show more

  • 75
    New York Post

    This film isn't pretty, but it has some kick: It is to "Shakespeare in Love" what wild pheasant is to Chicken McNuggets. show more

  • 63
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    It's a bit too muddy, dismal-looking and smoky to beguile us, too fixated on filth and too dreary-looking to really shock us. show more

  • 63
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Johnny Depp's coruscating, rigorously uningratiating performance as debauched, self-destructive 17th-century aristocrat John Wilmot, the Earl of Rochester, is the glue that doesn't quite hold together first-time director Laurence Dunmore's adaptation of Stephen Jeffreys' 1994 play. show more

  • March 14, 2009 LLC727
    Report This User

    Unique opening and end - Depp's character seems to speak to you directly - he challenges you from the opening moments of the film and warns that you will not like him - until the end when he asks, in essence, if you are able to forgive all his actions. This was a great role for Depp - don't know who could have mastered this film better!

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