Eyes Wide Shut Reviews

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 14, 2014
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.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 14, 2014
It's empty of ideas, which is fine, but it's also empty of heat.
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
December 14, 2014
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.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
December 14, 2014
The technical and visual command of this movie is captivating -- but it is a minor Kubrick.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
December 13, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 13, 2014
Trust Stanley Kubrick to make a sex movie with absolutely no sexual heat but instead with ideas that haunt you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 13, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
December 13, 2014
The price of Kubrick and Raphael's stubborn fidelity to the content if not the form of the novella is deadly.
Jonathan Romney
New Statesman
December 13, 2014
Maybe we should suspend the reductive question, "Is it any good or not?" and acknowledge that it's a fascinating, tantalising film that will continue to be argued about.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 13, 2014
Long and dull, despite the sumptuous production design and light-shimmering photography (and the orgy).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
December 13, 2014
In the final analysis, the marquee names are all that really distinguish Eyes Wide Shut from, say, a really well-photographed installment in the Emmanuelle series.
Ann Hornaday
Baltimore Sun
December 13, 2014
The result doesn't begin to live up to such pomp; indeed, it is so deliberately paced and so strangely devoid of emotional stakes that maybe it proves that too much control isn't such a good thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
December 13, 2014
Eyes Wide Shut is above all a masterpiece of sustained tone, a tightrope act that pays off in rich and unexpected ways.
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
December 13, 2014
It's a movie you should see a second time to appreciate fully its themes of love and lust and trust and truth, but the idea of sitting through it again anytime soon may be about as alluring as eating a hairball.
Dennis King
Tulsa World
December 13, 2014
Kubrick stirs so many visual wonders and intellectual quandaries into the mix that the result is strangely mesmerizing and unsettlingly unforgettable.
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
December 13, 2014
The whole of it isn't much, but the parts are sometimes splendid. Kubrick was messing with our minds, as always.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Total Film
December 13, 2014
This is a film about sex that isn't sexy; a movie about love with a cold heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
December 13, 2014
Eyes Wide Shut is flawed and overlong, but it's the work of a master, and whether you regard the 'imperfections' as such depends on how you read the film.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
December 13, 2014
There is in Cruise a kind of passionate watchfulness and in Kidman a desperate and touching candor, and they keep drawing us past the narrative's improbabilities to its human heart.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 13, 2014
Eyes Wide Shut feels overblown, unresolved; in a better world it would not be the last work of an illustrious career. But this world is good enough to have given us all of Stanley Kubrick's films, and for that film lovers must give thanks.
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