Naked Reviews

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November 13, 2018
An anti-epic -- retrofitted to the consciousness of an antihero raging into the close of a century, the end of the millennium.
May 23, 2018
Naked proves well worth the wait.
December 7, 2017
Once Johnny's babble of half-baked ideas and hand- me-down theology begins to pall, we're bogged down in the slough of despond, with only the banality of evil for company.
March 4, 2015
This is an astonishing film in a number of ways, a tour de force that's brilliantly played and written and directed with total conviction.
March 4, 2015
Naked is a revelation, a parable of spiritual homelessness and the terror it engenders.
March 4, 2015
Mike Leigh's Naked is a great one -- a film of brutal impact, withering wit and humanity. It deserves one of the highest accolades movies can receive: Seeing it shakes you up, changes your vision.
March 4, 2015
If America's nightmare self-image is Bad Lieutenant, this is the British answer: just as driven, visionary and self-destructive but not needing an excess of drugs or blood to showcase human horrors.
March 4, 2015
Thanks to David Thewlis' performance, which has been collecting prizes since last spring's Cannes Film Festival, Johnny's energy and ferocious wit outweigh his brutishness.
March 4, 2015
You may feel like you need a drink and a shower when you come out of Naked, but at least you'll know you've been somewhere new.
March 4, 2015
By the end of the film, there's even something vaguely inspirational about our antihero's painful journey through the bowels of his self-created hell.
March 4, 2015
Sorting out the intelligence from the hysteria is no easy matter, and the picture rubs our noses in this uncertainty so remorselessly that we sometimes forget that what we're watching is largely a comedy.
March 4, 2015
There are also moments of tenderness, necessary chinks of compassion spearing the murk. It's also bitingly, appallingly funny. And it's a masterpiece.
March 4, 2015
It would be hard to imagine a film much sourer than Naked, but sourness is not a fault, merely a characteristic. Hollowness, now, self-indulgence, a sort of gloating emotional ugliness -- those are faults.
March 4, 2015
Thewlis, who won the best-actor prize at Cannes for a performance so perfectly perverse that much as you want to, you cannot turn away.
March 4, 2015
Watching this lost soul's flaming descent is a disturbing yet exhilarating experience. Leigh makes art out of his own ambivalence.
March 4, 2015
That wonderful British writer-director Mike Leigh continues down his brave, lonely road, making movies about believable people living and suffering under painfully believable circumstances.
March 4, 2015
See this film with a group of friends, and you may stay up late talking about it.
March 4, 2015
As engrossing as it is repulsive, Naked is the chronicle of an acerbic, people-hating man and his descent into a modern hell that offers him no hope, but plenty of material for sarcastic jokes.
March 4, 2015
[Thewlis'] Johnny may be the most likable despicable character in film history.
March 4, 2015
Leigh's bravura mix of comedy, tragedy, violence and warmth marks this uncompromising expos as British film-making at its finest.
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