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Closer (2004)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 46
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 12

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Patrick Marber's acclaimed stage drama about the romantic interactions of four people has been given a reverent screen adaptation by director and producer Mike Nichols. Dan (Jude Law) is a writer in London who wants to finish a novel, but in the meantime supports himself by writing obituaries. One day he chances upon Alice (Natalie Portman), a beautiful young American expatriate, working as a stripper, when he sees her get hit by a car. Alice immediately falls for Dan, and gives him her love



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All Critics (206) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (138) | Rotten (64) | DVD (36)

Like dramas by Pinter and others, what seems trenchant and perfectly pitched in the theater can come off as arch even when skillfully transferred to film.

March 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Owen and Portman give excellent, committed performances, leaving Law and Roberts in the shade.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Vibrates with eroticism, bruising laughs and dynamite performances from four attractive actors doing decidedly unattractive things.

March 7, 2005
Rolling Stone
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If it makes you uncomfortable, or leaves you disturbed, it has only done its job.

December 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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Closer has lots to offer: smart performances, archly funny dialogue and a feeling for the way a group of strangers can become so familiar that they're apt to rip one another to shreds.

December 11, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Impeccably acted and directed -- but quite icy.

December 11, 2004
New York Post
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Searing story of betrayal isn't for kids.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

Closer is no joke and it's got the brave, mature performances of an all-star cast to prove it. It's a movie in which characters feel each other up with their hands and knock each other down with words.

June 7, 2010 Full Review Source:

With a better script, Closer could have been compelling romantic drama; instead, it's little more than clichéd nonsense.

September 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

Nichols ... simply stuns with a beautiful production, excellent script, unconventional and rather hateful story, and excellent acting all around.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Mike Nichols teases up a similar level of emotional dysfunction to "Carnal Knowledge" with a filmic rendition of Patrick Marber's stage play about sexual one-ups-man-ship.

April 18, 2009 Full Review Source:

Four beautiful, despicable characters find everything but love in this borderline sadistic battle of words from Mike Nichols.

December 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

It's only as good as its cast. Fortunately, it's a good cast.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source:

Marber looks at farcical giddiness with a hard-won sobriety.... Closer is a voguish farce that, rather than making you wish you were like the characters, makes you wish that you hadn't been.

May 28, 2007 Full Review Source:

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August 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Thanks to Marber's whiplash dialogue, the cast suffer with an eloquence that's uncommon in the movies, but that's about as far as it goes.

January 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Fortunately for Nichols, Marber's script is smart enough and often uncomfortably amusing, and the talent he's arrayed all live up to their marquee status. Even Roberts.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Closer, a lacerating four-character suite on the elusiveness of love and intimacy, finds Nichols returning to his roots without having lost his sardonic edge.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

...directors like Peter Greenaway and Mike Leigh have examined sexual politics and cruelty with results that are significantly more profound.

July 25, 2005 Full Review Source:

Competently acted, theatrically staged.

May 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

"Closer" isn't the kind of film just any audience would enjoy. The film features complex sexual and relationship themes that might leave some viewers cold.

April 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

The dialogue is often lacerating, as lovers wield words like lashes, striking out to get what they desire.

April 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Offers a cynical and pessimistic look at the ongoing Sexual Revolution.

April 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Since we only glimpse these personalities when they are threatened, the fun of the movie becomes trying to guess which behavior is genuine, and which is a means of defense.

April 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Freeze Dried Movies
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Audience Reviews for Closer

Hello stranger. Depressingly adult anti-romance.

Compare with the the similarly themed and entertaining Carnal Knowledge for a look at what I think is director Mike Nichols losing a step or two - actually impressively little for 33 years down the road.
May 20, 2007

Super Reviewer

I don't quite remember this film. Watched it a long time ago. Not particularly memorable I suppose.
February 21, 2014

Super Reviewer

Based on a play (and written by that play's creator), this is a film about love, lust, relationships, betrayal, and a generalization about some, but not all, facets of human sexuality and desire.

It covers a period of several years and follows four people who all start as strangers with one another, but end up tightly connected (and disconnected) over and over again. It's a good concept, and a lot of it works, but I feel like this was better as a stage play sense it really doesn't come off as all that cinematic in its execution. Also, it's rather pretentious and I'm not sure if this is quite what it really could have been.It makes some good statements about the human condition, but I was left a little underwhelmed.

I will give this film a lot of credit and say that it does have some sharp writing, great dialogue, and some fantastic performances. It has a few scenes that are just absolutely fantastic and rather devastating, but I also feel like this film could have been far edgier, scathing, and really do the topic justice.

As I mentioned above, the acting is great. All of the four mains are firing on all cylinders, yet it's the two women who really shine here, mostly because they are each playing characters that help them shed certain images and reputations they have acquired. That's not to say that the men don't excel, because they do. The men just don't have the better roles (but each does get a few really good moments with their roles).

People seem to love this movie, but I just can't get onto that bandwagon. It's good, really good at times, but I feel like it's a watered down version of what it could have been. I was left underwhelmed, slightly dissatisfied, and hoping that the statements the film tried to make would really blow me away instead of being mostly interesting but not much more. Still, the film does have its moments, so that's why I'm still giving it a mild pass.
October 4, 2011
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Quite a sexy film. Weird and unusual but the film is well written. A must see!
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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    1. Larry: She has the moronic of beauty of youth, but she's sly.
    – Submitted by Samira O (16 months ago)
    1. Alice: I don't want to lie. I can't tell the truth. So it's over.
    – Submitted by Samira O (16 months ago)
    1. Dan: When I get back, please tell me the truth.
    2. Alice: Why?
    3. Dan: Because I'm addicted to it. Because without it, we're animals. Trust me.
    – Submitted by Samira O (16 months ago)
    1. Alice: Where is this love? I can't see it, I can't touch it. I can't feel it. I can hear it. I can hear some words, but I can't do anything with your easy words.
    – Submitted by Samira O (16 months ago)
    1. Alice: I am the one who leaves.
    – Submitted by Thiago N (17 months ago)
    1. Larry: What does your cum taste like?
    2. Alice: Heaven.
    – Submitted by Kristen R (18 months ago)
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