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Intimacy Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 29, 2001
Makes the graphic collision of body parts seem like the most joyless activity this side of scrubbing the toilet.
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 16, 2001
Stumbles along, clutching at some half-formed ideas, but never takes off.
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
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
December 3, 2001
Snippets of intrigue reveal themselves too late to salvage the listless storyline.
| Original Score: 2/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
January 22, 2002
Porno for the squatter set.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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+
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 16, 2001
Searching for closure, the movie lurches from one unconvincing emotional confrontation to the next.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 17, 2001
Flaccid dramatization and hollow moralizing.
| Original Score: 2/4
Matthew Turner
October 30, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Harvey S. Karten
November 6, 2001
Notwithstanding the bumping and grinding, this pic is about as erotic as 'Monsters, Inc.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 15, 2001
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
July 19, 2001
We're left with a voyeuristic view of some strangers' lives whom we're never interested in other than, of course, an initial prurient curiosity.
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine
July 27, 2001
It's clearly a censorship landmark, but little else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Greg Muskewitz
October 22, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 24, 2001
The result is a series of accretions to a narrative full of atmosphere that engulfs the characters without giving them adequate motivation or dramatic necessity for what they do.
Pam Grady
December 8, 2001
Chereau shot Intimacy in Super 35mm widescreen, but the film has the scruffy look of 16mm or digital video. That is not a bad thing, but, instead, the perfect representation of this downbeat drama -- desperate, sad, and shabby.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
December 14, 2001
Despite the efforts of Kureishi, Chereau and co-screenwriter Anne-Louise Trividic to make us believe in its realism. Toward the end, there are too many speeches.
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
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
February 15, 2002
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Matthew Bond
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003
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Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002
Senses of Cinema
March 25, 2002
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David Rooney
May 20, 2008

August 10, 2001
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 15, 2002
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Ebert & Roeper
November 22, 2002
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