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Love Crime (15)

Love Crime (15)

Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Ruthless executive Christine brings on Isabelle as her assistant, and she takes delight in toying with the young woman's innocence. Read more …

But when the protégé's ideas become tempting enough for Christine to pass on as her own, she underestimates Isabelle's ambition and cunning -- and the ground is set for all out war.

The critical consensus

It is less fertile territory than what has gone before but no less satisfying for mystery fans and Sagnier shines in a role that really does allow her to run the gamut from innocent victim to femme fatale.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, The List, 05/12/2012

We can only hope that Brian De Palma's forthcoming remake, Passion, is a lot more satisfying.

**(*)(*)(*)Philip Concannon, The Skinny, 10/12/2012

This chillingly acted thriller is convoluted but compelling.

***(*)(*)David Parkinson, Empire Online, 13/12/2012

The characters are cyphers of the plot but the plot grips.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 13/12/2012

Hammy acting, Japanese dinner-jazz and noir cliches all conspire to scupper the late Alain Corneau's tale of violence and obsession.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 13/12/2012

There are flaws: an elaborate murder plot that folds in on itself, and some of the most uproariously naff corporate-speak ever committed to film. But Corneau's silky segues from mildness to menace are nicely done, and the music by Pharoah Sanders ("Kazuko") is superb.

***(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 13/12/2012

So ... Sagnier and Scott Thomas; sex and murder; swanky Parisian boardrooms and bedrooms. Sounds enticing, doesn't it? But, sadly, the chic 1980s erotic thriller currently playing in your head is a lot more enjoyable than the late Alain Corneau's version.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent on Sunday, 16/12/2012

Implausible perhaps, but the twists on Working Girl and All About Eve are intriguing and strongly acted.

****(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 16/12/2012

The central performances are compelling but the two American characters are wholly unconvincing.

Philip French, The Observer, 16/12/2012

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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