The erotic calculations of Valmont and Merteuil have the evergreen pull of scandal, and the tragic unraveling of events is powerful in any setting.
...its classic story of sexual power, depravity, cruelty, and deceit is rendered with force and without compromise.
Even those who are generally bored by period pieces may derive pleasure from observing the verbal slashes and ripostes of Malkovich's Valmont and Close's Merteuil.
...is an absorbing and seductive movie...
...a slender but largely entertaining bit of period theater;