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The Libertine

(2005)

Rated R for strong sexuality including dialogue, violence and language.

R In Theaters 11/25/2005 , 114min.
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Viewer Score
73%
Viewer score based on 8 ratings
44%
Critic score based on 30 reviews

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March 14, 2009
LLC727
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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Variety
Starting out seductive but ending up tiresome, debuting director Laurence Dunmore's pic is an honorable misfire. Full Review
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. Full Review
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
It doesn't help matters that The Libertine seems to unload every olde English cliche on file. Full Review
Keith Phipps
The Onion (A.V. Club)
Dunmore creates a memorably grimy London, but the moral grime covering the film proves less memorable. Full Review
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
A trying experience. As we watch Rochester fall apart in spectacular fashion, it's clear that a major lure for the venturesome Depp was the chance to play a grotesque, to become a pestilent physical wreck with an artificial silver nose. There's more in that role for the actor, however, than there is for us. Full Review

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