Libertine

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The Weinstein Company Released 2005

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Director:
Laurence Dunmore
Released:
2005
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Libertine is the dramatic retelling of a historical revolutionary, John Wilmot (Johnny Depp), the second Earl of Rochester who lived in 1660s London. As Charles II (John Malkovich) rises to the throne, the world is changing. Advances in science, questions in religion, and changes in social mores are rocking society, particularly among the entitled elite. Wilmot leads the charge to revolutionize freedom of expression and political liberty, only to taint his accomplishments with a sordid personal life. The King calls him out of exile to write a play for a French ambassador. Wilmot is a brilliant poet, but his personal life causes him to offend the throne. Meanwhile, Wilmot falls in love with the distinguished Elizabeth Barry (Samantha Morton), only to undermine his relationship in a search for personal liberty that comes at great cost. Wilmot would drink and carouse his way to an early death, but his legacy would give him a place in history.

Metacritic Score

  • 50

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    The rhythms of the dialogue move to the same beat as steadily as a metronome ticks and tocks, while every sentence is polished like stone, absent the jaggedness of real breath and ...

  • 50

    Variety

    Starting out seductive but ending up tiresome, debuting director Laurence Dunmore's pic is an honorable misfire.

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    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 ...

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