Closer Reviews

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Richard von Busack
MetroActive
June 4, 2014
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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Searing story of betrayal isn't for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 7, 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 | Original Score: 74/100
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
September 26, 2009
With a better script, Closer could have been compelling romantic drama; instead, it's little more than clichéd nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 34/100
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Nichols ... simply stuns with a beautiful production, excellent script, unconventional and rather hateful story, and excellent acting all around.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 18, 2009
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 | Original Score: B-
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 19, 2009
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.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Four beautiful, despicable characters find everything but love in this borderline sadistic battle of words from Mike Nichols.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 30, 2007
It's only as good as its cast. Fortunately, it's a good cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org
May 28, 2007
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.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
August 31, 2006
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Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Owen and Portman give excellent, committed performances, leaving Law and Roberts in the shade.
Jason Blake
Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006
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.
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 26, 2005
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.
Uri Lessing
www.kcactive.com
July 25, 2005
...directors like Peter Greenaway and Mike Leigh have examined sexual politics and cruelty with results that are significantly more profound.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
Competently acted, theatrically staged.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
April 17, 2005
"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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
April 13, 2005
The dialogue is often lacerating, as lovers wield words like lashes, striking out to get what they desire.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 5, 2005
Offers a cynical and pessimistic look at the ongoing Sexual Revolution.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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