Intimacy Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
May 28, 2006
Chereau's first English-speaking feature, based on Hanif Kureishi's stories, is a bold, full-frontal (literally) exploration of the mysteries of male and female sexual desire. As such, the audacious film will divide film critics and get NC-17 rating
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
October 5, 2005
Pulsates with desperate, miserable passion.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
It's ironic that a film exploring the mysteries of how people succeed and fail to connect with each other then fails to really connect with its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
I'm sure Chereau meant this to be a searing portrait of psychic distance, and it certainly is bleak. What it is not, unfortunately, is riveting cinema.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 25, 2002
It's a brave art film only because of its porno sex scenes, but it is not necessarily a perceptive one.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
May 16, 2002
It's a frighteningly realistic look at completely passionless sex, and Fox and Rylance both do a good job of making us uncomfortable as we watch.
| Original Score: 6/10
Top Critic
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
April 26, 2002
There is an interesting story here, but the movie circles it at a distance.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
April 1, 2002
Rylance and Fox, fine actors, bravely grapple through some astonishingly convincing copulation (did they or didn't they?), and even more bravely struggle with Chereau's unspeakable lines.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
March 22, 2002
For all the sex and vicious psychological game-playing, Chereau's movie is strangely forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 8, 2002
The sexual content diverts attention away from what is some very powerful acting by the film's talented cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
March 7, 2002
A film with a few floundering moments that becomes a powerful description of what it means to be intimate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
March 5, 2002
Its unflinching attitude toward sex is only weakened by the lack of enjoyment that the characters seem to have while actually having sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
January 29, 2002
Contains no great revelations, but a lot of outstanding performances.
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
January 25, 2002
Despite this shortcoming, Intimacy takes us places very few films have, and the central performances are excellent.
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
January 22, 2002
Porno for the squatter set.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 17, 2002
Its somber ruminations on passion and desire, marriage and aloneness, resonate with unmistakable force.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
January 17, 2002
The movie is so groundbreaking ... as to be distracting.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 13, 2002
It's never clear ... what, if any, motivation is behind the affair in the first place, or what either participant expects to achieve from their weekly dose of secretive carnality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
January 4, 2002
Rylance and Fox are equally incendiary and sympathetic in difficult, daring roles.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 3, 2002
The actors' raw emotional expressiveness lends the picture its memorably gritty impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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