Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

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Critic Consensus: Kubrick's intense study of the human psyche yields an impressive cinematic work.


Movie Info

After learning of his wife's flirtatious behavior, Dr. William Harford goes on an odyssey of his own.

Rating: R (for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug-related material)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Fredrick Raphael, Arthur Schnitzler, Stanley Kubrick, Frederic Raphael
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On DVD: Mar 7, 2000
Runtime:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Dr. William Harford

as Alice Harford

as Victor Ziegler

as Desk Clerk

as Milich's Daughter

as Waitress

as Bandleader

as Lisa

as Lou Nathanson

as Rowdy College Kid #1

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as Japanese Man #1

as Japanese Man #2

as Cab Driver

as Gateman #1

as Mysterious Woman

as Red Cloak

as Stalker

as Girl at Sharky's

as Hospital Receptionis...

as Morgue Orderly

as Masked Party Goer

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as Tall Butler

as Zielger's Secretary

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as Sandor Szavost
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Critic Reviews for Eyes Wide Shut

All Critics (146) | Top Critics (40)

This is finally a film that is better at mood than substance, that has its strongest hold on you when it's making the least amount of sense.

Full Review… | December 14, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It's empty of ideas, which is fine, but it's also empty of heat.

Full Review… | December 14, 2014
Washington Post
Top Critic

At least Fellini pulled out the stops from the first minute when he wanted to get surreal. Here, realism fades into surrealism, then into outright foolishness. Morbidly paced foolishness.

Full Review… | December 14, 2014
CNN.com
Top Critic

It's as rich and strange and riveting as any journey he's taken us on, yet it's also familiar in a disquieting way.

Full Review… | December 13, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Trust Stanley Kubrick to make a sex movie with absolutely no sexual heat but instead with ideas that haunt you.

Full Review… | December 13, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

The film does have that advertised haunting quality, and at least one performance from Kidman, in a supporting, but vital role that's as good as any we're likely to see this year.

Full Review… | December 13, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Eyes Wide Shut

½

A slow-burning Kubrickian exploration of extramarital sexual desire and jealousy, full of some terrific symbolism that throws us together with the characters in a nightmarish odyssey highlighted by a formidable game of colors using blue and red to suggest menace and unconscious sex impulses.

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Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

As far as final films go, is there really a better film that Kubrick could have his career end with (due to his death) than this? I don't really think so.

This is, like basically every Kubrick film, a challenging, beautiful, and haunting work of art. A ridiculous amount of shots are framed quite literally like you'd see done to a painting in a musuem. This sucker just oozes with craft. It would be a surprise if it didn't, really. I lost track of the number of long takes and tracking there were, but I was also absorbed when I tried to imagine how difficult some of them were to set up and execute, especially given Kubrick's perfectionism. For people who think this movie is only about gratituous nudity and sex, you are wrong, will be disappointed if you watch it solely for that reason. This is a long film that is deliberately (read: slowly) paced, with all of the sex and nudity being done in a very tasteful and artistic manner that also serves as an integral part of the plot and themes. And, just like his other films, this is a film loaded with symbolism, metaphors, and is open to a vast number of interpretations. The music was just phenomenal. It kind of surprised me that there would also be some slight similarities to John Carpenter's score for Halloween. The brief (but appropriate) use of a Chris Isaak song just brought a devious smile to my face, and the classical music that is used is just something that is to be expected- and it works flawlessly. The acting is also quite good (yes, even Cruise for those haters and mockers). I feel like anyone who works with Kubrick is capable of giving an excellent performance- no matter who they are.

Is this a perfect film? Well, based on my rating, and for a general audience, I say no. It is long, slow, and rather pretentious. Even though I raved about the music, I'll admit that the repetition of the piano notes can get a bit tedious and overbearing after a while, but at least it's only around in the second half. You need to be in the right frame of mind to watch it, and cannot do so passively. I spent most of the viewing time totally absorbed in it, but then got interrupted and found it hard to get back into, but that's a minor thing. It would probably help to view it at least twice (once again, like other Kubrick films), in order to get the most out of it. There's a lot to ponder over in this film, but the patient viewer will find themself greatly rewarded.

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Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

½

Yet another brilliant film directed by one of the best directors ever in Stanley Kubrick. It misses perfection by ever so little, but it is still a worthy film which features an eerie atmosphere, a jarring soundtrack, and some genuinely disturbing and creepy scenes. Although the nudity is indeed plentiful, in this movie it is made to serve an important purpose, which being if you dehumanize one of the closest things two humans can share with one another, then you turn human passions and desires into nothing more than revolting "practices" which almost nobody wants to take a part in. Definitely not for everyone, especially those that can handle a certain amount of sexual content, this is a very graphic movie which was originally rated NC-17 before being edited (the late Kubrick must have rolled over in his grave should he have known) to a hard R.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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