The Libertine

DVD - 2006
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
The Libertine
John Wilmot, a 17th century poet, is the Earl of Rochester and from the beginning he treats his wife cruelly, drinks to relentless excess, abuses his friendships, and generally wallows in dissipation, much to the dismay of King Charles II. The king hopes that Rochester will write a play glorifying his reign. But Rochester finds his true inspiration when he sees a young actress named Lizzie Barry. Rochester sets out to make her the greatest actress of their time--and she, with some reluctance, submits to his teaching.

Publisher: Burbank, CA : Weinstein Co., 2006.
ISBN: 9781594441301
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 114 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Mar 07, 2015
  • DebAK rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Watching a few minutes of this movie, and one can recognize it as pornography. No need to watch it, er, several times, to recognize it for what it is, because a few minutes of this movie make it very clear. A child understands the warmth of fire can also cause harm and burn: there is no need to touch it in order to understand its true nature...

Feb 22, 2015

I have a great quote from a movie. I think it was "Fast Times at Ridgemont High". A teacher was scandalized at a student for bringing a porn video to school. When turning the student in to the principal for this he stated "I know it's pornography, I watched it several times to be certain."

Jul 17, 2013
  • hania4987 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"You will not like me." This opening statement sets the tone for the entire story. Johnny Depp gives a haunting performance as the leader of the dissipated London society, who was simultaneously admired and reviled. Even though the movie takes place during the reign of Charles Stuart, it is easily related to today's obsession with celebrity news and headlines. It is filmed to look like an old movie and is in the storytelling genre of Dangerous Liaisons.

Jun 30, 2013
  • emerald2pac rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Johnny Depp is a great actor and his character was interesting in this. This movie just lacked something it was weird , confusing and hard to follow at times. Not to mention long seemed somewhat drawn out. Side note not for the easily offended. I would also like to point out this film did not have that many sex scenes , though I will agree it was explicit at times. I am not complaining about it at all my problem was the whole movie itself.

Jan 15, 2013
  • Mee2 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

(I agree 100% with euclid13. How dare these self-righteous people come to these forums to warn about these movies? The movie elites of this world know what videos are best for us and our children to watch. If people are made aware of the content of these movies before they pick them up at the libraries, who would voluntarily watch this stuff? Again these self-righteous zealots have no right to participate in these public forums. Do they really believe people have a right to a different point of view than ours?) What is most troubling about this movie—apart from what other members pointed out on the matter of it being crude and borderline pornography—is that it can be checked out by anyone under 18. Unlike, for example, Blockbuster, a child could get this movie from a library anywhere in the US.

Jan 12, 2013
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

(Yes, I agree: only an idiot would, with no data, assume the ones who condemn pornography enjoy watching it!) This movie has the crudest sex scenes I have ever seen in my life. It was made simply as a vehicle to depravity. The Earl of Rochester was one of the greatest libertines that ever existed. Among his “jokes,” he once put an ad in a London paper offering his services as a gynecologist—which he was not. His “poetry” was basically pornographic. He died at age 33, consumed by venereal diseases and alcoholism, his body wasted by a dissolute life. The movie does not bring to life the pungent message of his life’s end, when, guided by the Bishop of Salisbury, he repented and renounced debauchery. (Of course, some doubt his conversion…) If you like debauchery and gross sex scenes, this is definitely the movie for you. (PS: I hope "Books100" will forgive me, but The Earl of Rochester was not "the close brother of King Charles II"; his parents were Henry, Viscount Wilmot, and Anne St. John.)

Jan 11, 2013

it is amazing that some people who "just hate porn" are always watching it & then complain how terrible it is. i think they just plain like it. then to feel justified for watching it they complain about it with righteous wrath. what fakes. Read what the movie is about. If you don't like it don't watch it. It looks like the same people read all the "dirty books" and watch all the "dirty movies" and then complain about them. I think they like it. Then to help their guilt they want to tell everyone how "bad" it was. By the way, only an idiot would, with no data, assume that i did not watch the movie.--and here we have another case of Harpies attacking in pairs. Again, parroting back what was said because they are too dense to think of something on their own.

Oct 23, 2012
  • kitten55 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Tina R. Cooper says: "Extremely moving, but warrented".

Sep 01, 2011
  • Palomino rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

You will either love it or hate it. Imagine Pirates of the Caribbean mixed up with Borat, Shakespeare, and X-rated porn. I have watched this twice and still don't know what to think.
MPL's DVD is grainy and the sound is too quiet. I'm used to Blu-Ray picture!

Mar 22, 2011
  • Books100 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a riveting character study of a libertine—the close brother of King Charles11 who does not fit court; a teacher poet and rebel who asks at the beginning whether you will like him, and he predicts not. After his life has been studied and played, he asks again whether you like him, (or understood him) and vainly he hopes on reflection that you might. Amazing acting from both Johnny Depp (a modern day Marlon Brando) and John Malkovich. Based on a play, unfortunately the script is not as well developed as was needed.

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Apr 25, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Harris, commenting on the script: And w-will the kind of equipment that that young lady has in her hand
[a large wooden dildo]...

Apr 25, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

"[...] the men doing obedience to the women's cunts, kissing and touching them often, the women in like manner to the men's pricks, kissing and dandling their cods and then fall to fucking, [...]."

Apr 25, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

The entire piece has been devised with the French in mind. In France, fornication in the streets with total strangers is compulsory.


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Jun 02, 2012
  • Mee2 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Mee2 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

Apr 25, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

EuSei thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


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Apr 25, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Pornography

Apr 25, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: VERY coarse language


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