Closer

Closer

68%
  • 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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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

November 18, 2004
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
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Competently acted, theatrically staged.

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

May 3, 2005
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian

Beautiful people's selfish sex lives, tears, and glossy infidelity. Owen and Law weep for Roberts.

Full Review

November 29, 2004
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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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
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com

The film struggles for relationship realism, but comes up confused.

Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 4, 2004
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2/4

December 3, 2004
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
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

like watching a terrible train wreck in excruciatingly slow motion

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 1, 2004
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

Banal Knowledge.

Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

December 18, 2004
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Smugly offensive.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4

December 2, 2004
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine

A few rousing moments do not an overall cogent narrative make.

Full Review Source: Now Playing Magazine | Original Score: C

December 3, 2004
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com

I hope Closer doesn't win an Oscar, or I'll have to see 10 more like it next year.

Full Review Source: WaffleMovies.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 1, 2004
Uri Lessing
www.kcactive.com

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

Full Review Source: www.kcactive.com | Original Score: 2/5

July 25, 2005
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

A better name for this movie would be Four Beautiful People Cheating on Each Other.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 1/5

December 3, 2004
Susan Granger
Modamag.com

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.

Full Review Source: Modamag.com | Original Score: 6/10

December 4, 2004
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 13, 2004
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Man, you'd expect a movie with this much sex talk in it to be, well, sexier.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

February 28, 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
Dennis Lim
Village Voice
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More than three decades after the frank sex-talk of Nichols's early triumphs, Closer offers only a cozy and barely fashionable cynicism.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 30, 2004
Leonard Maltin
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December 30, 2006
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
December 11, 2004
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
December 11, 2004

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