Some may find it 'honest' or 'revealing.' Many others may recognize how shallow, even debased, the characters are, each in his or her own way bent on destructive behavior certain to sabotage love relationships.
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.
Competently acted, theatrically staged.
| Original Score: C
Beautiful people's selfish sex lives, tears, and glossy infidelity. Owen and Law weep for Roberts.
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.
The film struggles for relationship realism, but comes up confused.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
The film is pitched with the same pace and distance as the play; characters chatter on in neat, clipped little sound bites that sound very little like real conversation.
| Original Score: 2/4
Four beautiful, despicable characters find everything but love in this borderline sadistic battle of words from Mike Nichols.
like watching a terrible train wreck in excruciatingly slow motion
| Original Score: 1.5/5
| Original Score: 1/4
A few rousing moments do not an overall cogent narrative make.
I hope Closer doesn't win an Oscar, or I'll have to see 10 more like it next year.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
...directors like Peter Greenaway and Mike Leigh have examined sexual politics and cruelty with results that are significantly more profound.
| Original Score: 2/5
A better name for this movie would be Four Beautiful People Cheating on Each Other.
| Original Score: 1/5
If characters are totally self-absorbed and don't care for each other, it's hard for an audience to form an emotional connection with them or care about their relationships.
| Original Score: 6/10
Despite formidable performances by Roberts, Law, Portman, and Owen, Mike Nichols's Closer is weakened by both its source material and odd directorial decision making.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Man, you'd expect a movie with this much sex talk in it to be, well, sexier.
Offers a cynical and pessimistic look at the ongoing Sexual Revolution.
| Original Score: C+
More than three decades after the frank sex-talk of Nichols's early triumphs, Closer offers only a cozy and barely fashionable cynicism.