• R, 1 hr. 43 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Mike Nichols
    In Theaters:
    Dec 3, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 29, 2005
  • Sony Pictures


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Closer Reviews

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Richard von Busack

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.

Full Review Source: MetroActive | Original Score: 1.5/5

June 4, 2014
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Searing story of betrayal isn't for kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 22, 2010

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 74/100

June 7, 2010
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

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

Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Original Score: 34/100

September 26, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 29, 2009
Cole Smithey

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B-

April 18, 2009
Todd McCarthy
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 19, 2009
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

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

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 2/4

December 27, 2007
Rob Gonsalves

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

July 30, 2007
Alan Dale

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.

Full Review Source:

May 28, 2007
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

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Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 4.5/5

August 31, 2006
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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Owen and Portman give excellent, committed performances, leaving Law and Roberts in the shade.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Jason Blake
Sydney Morning Herald

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.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald

January 17, 2006
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat

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.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2005
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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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.

Full Review Source: AV Club

September 26, 2005
Uri Lessing

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

July 25, 2005
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Competently acted, theatrically staged.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C

May 3, 2005
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

"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.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 17, 2005
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

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

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: B

April 13, 2005
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

April 5, 2005
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