1001 Movies Club - Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

#786. Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

#786. Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

Why It's In The Book: "Glenn Close steals the show as the vicious and vindictive Marquise de Merteuil... Frears leads us into the boudoirs and drawing rooms of the wealthy aristocracy, each one dripping with elegance and wickeness in equal measure. Close is perfectly acid tongued, Malkovich both seductive and slimy, and the cast rouded out by the unusual casting of Keanu Reeves... A handsome look at lust, betrayal, and guilt, Dangerous Liaisons is both lavishly mounted and beautifully portrayed." -1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

Member Ratings

Alyson - 10/10
"In that first scene, Malkovich saunters in, leans on a fancy couch and turns his head to casually stare at a young woman’s blossoming bosom. It only gets better."

Klaus Ming - 10/10
"Dangerous Liaisons is enormously engaging, filled with wonderful dialogue and nuanced performances, replete with lavish set design and costuming, and splendid cinematography."

Adolytsi - 9/10
"I went into this expecting just another lavish aristocracy tale, and came out of it bowled over by what the film had given me... Deliciously entertaining."

Squish - 9/10
"Valmont and the Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil constantly keep the rigid decorum of the aristocracy even when speaking honestly with one another, yet never getting away from seeming like slathering jackals underneath it all."

Chip - 8/10
"This movie contains some of the best, if not the best, performances of all three main stars – Glenn Close as Marquise de Merteuil, John Malkovich as Vicomte de Valmont, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Madame de Tourvel."

JMW - 8/10
"For some reason, despite very strong individual parts, the final product as a whole never rises above the level of 'good'."

Movie Guy Steve - 8/10
"it may well be the single greatest acting role and performance of Glenn Close's very storied career."

Tim Burrow - 5/10
"My problem with it is in my basic ignorance of and apathy towards 18th century France. But, that's a fault with me, rather than the film. It's a great production, well deserving of the acclaim and Academy
Awards it won. It failed to capture me, and on that basis, I can't recommend it."

Overall Rating: 8.4/10

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