• The Libertine (2005)

The Libertine

Release Date: 2005

DVD Release Date: July 4th, 2006

R |1 hr 54 min

Plot Summary

John Wilmot (Johnny Depp), the egotistical second Earl of Rochester, leads an entirely debauched life. When not writing bawdy verse, Wilmot spends his time imbibing massive amounts of alcohol and bedding myriad women, including Elizabeth Barry (Samantha Morton). When King Charles II (John Malkovich) commissions him to write a play, he happily agrees. But after Wilmot foolishly uses his big break to skewer the crown, he must face a furious Charles -- and the real possibility of exile.

Cast: Johnny Depp, Samantha Morton, John Malkovich, Paul Ritter, Stanley Townsend, Rosamund Pike, Tom Hollander, Johnny Vegas

Director: Laurence Dunmore

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: Mr. Mudd

Keywords: England, Witty, London, Fall, Melodramatic

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

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

  • 88
    Peter TraversRolling 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

  • 70
    Sheri LindenThe Hollywood Reporter

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

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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