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Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

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Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 122
Fresh: 94 | Rotten: 28

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

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 9

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

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The final work of legendary director Stanley Kubrick, who died within a week of completing the edit, stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, at the time Hollywood's most bankable celebrity couple, and was shot on a open-ended schedule (finally totaling over 400 days), with closed sets in London standing in for New York City. Cruise and Kidman play William and Alice Harford, a physician and a gallery manager who are wealthy, successful, and travel in a sophisticated social circle; however, a certain

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Stanley Kubrick, Arthur Schnitzler, Frederic Raphael

Mar 7, 2000

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All Critics (125) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (94) | Rotten (28) | DVD (37)

I don't know how a director whose central theme is the loss of humanity can be so uninterested in the minutiae of human speech and behavior.

May 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Slate | Comments (7)
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A riveting, thematically probing, richly atmospheric and just occasionally troublesome work, a deeply inquisitive consideration of the extent of trust and mutual knowledge possible between a man and a woman.

May 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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I kept my eyes wide open all through Eyes Wide Shut and saw more control-freak unreality than visual genius around the edges of the cluttered compositions.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer | Comments (8)
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Finally, however, it's just a cautionary tale about some very mild, old-fashioned erotic fantasies.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (10)
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Kubrick, exactly in character, has left us as the unchallengeable champion of the enigma.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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As it rambles on, it makes less and less of the material, rather than more.

February 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Comments (3)
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Disturbing and completely inappropriate for kids.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (25)
Common Sense Media

Slow, repetitious and conventional, Kubrick's last film has some good moments but does not live up to the hype and occupies a mid-level position in an otherwise brilliant career.

June 19, 2010 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Kubrick's final film is a virtuoso study of looking and imagining, one that implicates the audience in the act of coveting.

May 29, 2010 Full Review Source: AskMen.com

Misunderstood as a psychosexual thriller, Stanley Kubrick's final film is actually more of an acidic comedy about how Tom Cruise fails to get laid.

November 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comments (7)
Slant Magazine

As you'd expect from Kubrick, this is a cerebral film that works on several levels--the illusory, the real, the ethereal and everything that falls in between.

October 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

An unqualified masterpiece from a master whose death marked the end of an era.

October 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comments (7)
Film4

Like all Kubrick's films, this one will take time, and multiple viewings, to yield up its full meaning and resonance.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

In the end, it is unclear what Mr. Kubrick was attempting to convey with Eyes Wide Shut.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Comments (7)
Big Picture Big Sound

What's the biggest surprise of Eyes Wide Shut? It would be that Kubrick has nearly made a David Lynch movie.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Moviegoers expecting typically crowd-pleasing Tom Cruise fare may come away disappointed, but fans of Kubrick's unique style will, over time, find plenty to admire.

June 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews

It's the last work we'll ever see by a filmmaker who gave us so much in the dozen films he created over nearly five decades of filmmaking.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

I found it brilliantly executed and haunting, like most of Kubrick's work.

December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

No one familiar with the cold precision of Kubrick's work will be surprised that this isn't the steamy erotic thriller a synopsis (or the ads) might suggest.

July 30, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

There is a lot of frustrating, rough going in this supremely controlled and visually enticing enterprise. Still, it is Kubrick, and confused intensity from this director is a better bet than nearly anyone else's best work.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Audience Reviews for Eyes Wide Shut

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.
March 1, 2014
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Chris Weber

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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.
October 10, 2013
Dan Schultz

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For Stanley Kubrick's last film, he crafts this unique psychological drama that is worth checking out due to its eccentric story. This would be a work that conflicted Kubrick as he thought the film was not good and was not satisfied with the finished product. Over time, Eyes Wide Shut would be better received and I quite liked the film myself, but felt that it wasn't up there as one of Kubrick's best. The cast are well chosen and deliver some truly engaging performances. This is not a flawless film, but it does boast a well crafted story that should please Stanley Kubrick fans. The film manages to be quite unique and it does boast some impressive performances. However, like I stated the film has some impressive visuals and effective direction that really makes this a standout feature. Eyes Wide Shut may not be the greatest film that Kubrick has made, but it definitely is a must watch for fans of the director. Even if it's not perfect, you can tell how much effort Stanley Kubrick put into this film. I really enjoyed the performance of the two leads and I felt that everyone brought something wonderful to the screen. Considering that this is Stanley Kubrick's final work, this is an accomplished movie that illustrates all the usual elements of a misunderstood Kubrick film. The film may not hold among his other, more excellent works such as 2001, A Clockwork Orange and Barry Lyndon, but it nonetheless holds a place in his filmography as being yet another eccentric piece of work that deserves more praise than it has initially gotten. Eyes Wide Shut is a very good film, and one that is worth checking out.
July 27, 2013
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Review coming to themoviefreakblog.com on 8/17
July 27, 2013
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    1. Alice Harford: If he wanted me, I would give up everything.
    – Submitted by Daniel K (8 days ago)
    1. Milich: If the good doctor himself should ever want anything again, anything at all, it needn't be a costume.
    – Submitted by Sam F (9 months ago)
    1. Nick Nightingale: I have seen one or two things in my life but never, never anything like this.
    – Submitted by Sam F (9 months ago)
    1. Alice Harford: Why do think Ziegler invites us to these things every year?
    2. William Harford: This is what you get for making house calls.
    – Submitted by Sam F (9 months ago)
    1. William Harford: No dream is ever just a dream.
    – Submitted by Sam F (9 months ago)
    1. Alice Harford: I do love you and you know there is something very important we need to do as soon as possible.
    2. William Harford: What's that?
    3. Alice Harford: Fuck.
    – Submitted by Harold M (2 years ago)
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