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Paul Verhoeven

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About the Movie

Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle's life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 214
  • Fresh: 194
  • Rotten: 20
  • Average Rating: 8.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Huppert is phenomenal in her most unnerving performance since Michael Haneke's "The Piano Teacher." – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Nov 22, 2016

Fresh: Elle's moral ambiguity and controversial content are its strengths. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Feb 1, 2017

Fresh: Elle is clean, deep, and uncomfortable. – Miriam Bale, The New Republic, Nov 30, 2016

Fresh: Like its heroine, the film shocks by lunging back and forth between comedy and tragedy. – Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov 22, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Worth seeing for her performance

Not easy subject matter, but like Nocturnal Animals, certainly leaves you thinking about the human psyche. Isabelle Hubbert's performance was incredible - nuanced, seductive, and frightening in its depth. Certainly makes a statement on misogyny, and how women respond to it.

Should have gone straight to VHS.

This was pathetic. Without question the worst movie I have ever seen. Quite possibly the worst movie ever made. If I paid 5 cents for this I would still want a refund. I held out hope thinking there would be a payoff in the end for having to suffer through this, but I was wrong. There was no payoff. The ending was just as pathetic as the rest of the movie. If you enjoy feeling less than human, a bit less intelligent for having watched, then you may enjoy it.


A vaguely witty parody of film morality and expectation. (spoiler) a woman is raped but it turns out she kinda liked it, but the moral issue is then confirmed by the accidental death of rapist. Ironic! The idiot son of rapee represents correct moral orientation and of course is deluded. A christian is made a fool of but in the end it turns out she understood everything. Expectation subverted again! To what purpose? Perhaps conjure a sense of entertainments pointless moral assumptions. Why do we watch rapes on film? Isn't violence part of fun? Why are christians always silly in movies? Why do we crave moral confirmation in film when it doesn't exist in life? These issues are lazily suggested. The film shocks by cooly dispensing with ethical assumptions and leaves you in agitated boredom. Its not the first film to try this key. Being a highly admired style, it will not be the last.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2016

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