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TIFF review round-up: 'Chloe'

September 17, 2009 |  8:49 am


Reviews are decidedly mixed for Atom Egoyan's "Chloe," which screened this week at the Toronto International Film Festival. The pic, based on the 2003 French film "Nathalie," concerns a wife (Julianne Moore), who, upon suspecting her husband (Liam Neeson) of infidelity, hires a prostitute (Amanda Seyfried of "Big Love" and "Jennifer's Body") to try to seduce him.

Variety reports that while the film's subject matter might draw in curious viewers, the characters' machinations become "decreasingly credible" over the film's running time, resulting in a "ludicrous" conclusion. Ouch. Movie City News is more generous, citing that the film is the "most accessible" of Egoyan's career (which includes "The Sweet Hereafter," "Exotica," and other arthouse favorites). Same goes for Film Junk, which praises the performances of the leads and Egoyan's "crisp" direction, and the Hollywood Reporter, which all but assures that Egoyan will enjoy widespread public success with the feature. Indie Wire, however, feels that the overheated onscreen liaisons and "uneven delivery" render the film as a "weird pulp version" of his previous work that's perhaps best enjoyed as a "basic guilty pleasure."

-- Paul Gaita

Photo: Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore in "Chloe."  Credit:  StudioCanal