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Michele 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 Michele's life forever.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent Watching "Elle" feels like climbing Everest without an oxygen tank. The air is dizzyingly clear up there. And dangerous, too. The opening sequence of "Elle" is just the start of the demented and exhilarating experience that is this movie. "Elle" is a high-wire act without a net.
Rolling StoneFull Review Very Good Verhoeven creates a bonfire of a movie that scrutinizes and satirizes the unholy alliance between sex and violence. The result is fiendishly funny and fiercely disturbing. Dig in.
Rex ReedFull Review Good ...a sexy, sensational and nerve-frying psychological rape-revenge thriller that does not disappoint. It's too twisted and implausible to be everybody's cup of tea, but it keeps you glued to the screen from beginning to end. Boredom and bathroom breaks are not an option.
Slant MagazineFull Review Excellent Paul Verhoeven's film isn't afraid to inhabit the maddening ambivalence of pleasure. Elle's drama and suspense are the predictable technologies for a story that's much more revolutionary than the bones that make it stand.
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