The heart isn't a fist any more than the hand is a foot, and anyway there's no fist so tight that doesn't unfold into an open hand sometime. The movie is like a comedy someone dipped in a solvent.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Searing story of betrayal isn't for kids.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 74/100
With a better script, Closer could have been compelling romantic drama; instead, it's little more than clichéd nonsense.
| Original Score: 34/100
Nichols ... simply stuns with a beautiful production, excellent script, unconventional and rather hateful story, and excellent acting all around.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
| Original Score: B-
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.
Four beautiful, despicable characters find everything but love in this borderline sadistic battle of words from Mike Nichols.
| Original Score: 2/4
It's only as good as its cast. Fortunately, it's a good cast.
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.
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| Original Score: 4.5/5
Owen and Portman give excellent, committed performances, leaving Law and Roberts in the shade.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
...directors like Peter Greenaway and Mike Leigh have examined sexual politics and cruelty with results that are significantly more profound.
| Original Score: 2/5
Competently acted, theatrically staged.
| Original Score: C
"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.
The dialogue is often lacerating, as lovers wield words like lashes, striking out to get what they desire.
| Original Score: B
Offers a cynical and pessimistic look at the ongoing Sexual Revolution.
| Original Score: C+