In the Cut Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 22, 2008
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 6, 2003
I found the movie reasonably absorbing from moment to moment.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 3, 2003
[T]he character that Meg Ryan is playing so well here is so compelling. I think it's a wonderful performance that the movie is worth seeing for that.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 1, 2003
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 31, 2003
More of an intriguing project than a satisfying experience.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 31, 2003
Belabored and muddled movie, whose dreamy visual style and daring sexual material can't elide glaring inconsistencies in tone, plot and logic.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 31, 2003
When In The Cut is good, it is very good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 31, 2003
It's not for everyone, but I couldn't take my eyes away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 31, 2003
Unquestionably the most ambitious and important film to come along in months.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 31, 2003
A puzzling affair of murky motivations and leaps of logic that no amount of Meg Ryan skin and no number of faked orgasms can hide.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 31, 2003
For all its clammy atmosphere and sinful airs, In the Cut is a cold, airless, frustratingly detached experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
October 31, 2003
Despite its weaknesses, this is an entrancing movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 31, 2003
A muddle of thriller and art-house phantasmagoria.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 31, 2003
Ultimately the question people may ask about In The Cut could be, She took her clothes off for this?
| Original Score: C
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 31, 2003
More of a curiosity than a full-fledged movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 31, 2003
A disappointment.
| Original Score: D+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 31, 2003
Stunning and unrelenting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 31, 2003
All of this is well done, and yet the movie is kind of a shambles. The key supporting characters are awkwardly used, as if the movie thinks it ought to have them but doesn't know why.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 31, 2003
It's been a while since a major filmmaker has made a movie this heavy with symbolism, this portentous, and this bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 30, 2003
In a sense, it's a Rorschach test of what it's like to be single, 40ish, female and living alone in New York City.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 30, 2003
As a straight-up erotic thriller, In the Cut is too self-possessed, scattered and moody to function.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 30, 2003
By no means a disaster, but neither is it the wholly satisfying, sexy suspenser that was Klute.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
October 30, 2003
In the Cut is several cuts below.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
October 30, 2003
My advice is to ignore the plot holes and zero in on Campion's meticulous, non-judgmental direction and Ryan's searing performance.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 30, 2003
A movie that frustrates as much as it entertains because it promises more than it can deliver.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 30, 2003
Campion impudently sabotages her star's history, and Ryan, joining the plot, makes Frannie come alive, looking as provocatively out of place as Diane Keaton did playing the nymphomaniac teacher in the sexual hell of 1977's Looking for Mr. Goodbar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 23, 2003
It is nasty, gruesome, pointlessly kinky and gratuitously awful.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 23, 2003
A mess.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 23, 2003
Suffers from a fatal emotional and erotic imbalance.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 22, 2003
In the Cut is what Hollywood calls a 'tweener,' attempting the difficult feat of being both an art film and a commercial thriller -- but failing at both.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
October 22, 2003
[A] story-hungry murder mystery that flubs its whodunit fundamentals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 22, 2003
A smart match of art and artist.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 22, 2003
I hate this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 22, 2003
Stripped of Moore's eager, exploratory prose, In the Cut has, in essence, become a dreadfully inert late-night cable movie, complete with cheesy coincidences and dismembered limbs.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 22, 2003
In the Cut isn't just a movie about decapitation; it's a decapitated movie. It has no idea where its head is at.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 21, 2003
If your reason for seeing In the Cut is to watch America's sweetheart stripped bare, you'll get what you're looking for. On the other hand, if you're looking for a good movie, this one will disappoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 21, 2003
A knotty mess, but not quite dismissable either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 21, 2003
A disjointed, sometimes fascinating melange of moods, associations and effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
October 21, 2003
May be the most maddening and imperfect great movie of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 21, 2003
It's a throwback to the New York policiers of the Koch era, yet wacky enough to suggest a procedural in the Land of Oz.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 11, 2003
Fails to hit those all-important marks intrinsic to the success of every screen crime thriller.