Critic Consensus: Closer's talented cast and Mike Nichols' typically assured direction help smooth a bumpy journey from stage to screen.
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Critic Reviews for Closer
Like dramas by Pinter and others, what seems trenchant and perfectly pitched in the theater can come off as arch even when skillfully transferred to film.
Owen and Portman give excellent, committed performances, leaving Law and Roberts in the shade.
Closer, a lacerating four-character suite on the elusiveness of love and intimacy, finds Nichols returning to his roots without having lost his sardonic edge.
Vibrates with eroticism, bruising laughs and dynamite performances from four attractive actors doing decidedly unattractive things.
If it makes you uncomfortable, or leaves you disturbed, it has only done its job.
Audience Reviews for Closer
Once in a lifetime a film/play like this comes up, one that works as a true mirror to our own faults, flaws and vices, embodied by four fascinating, multidimensional protagonists who hurt and manipulate one another, using their words as cruel weapons and revealing their innermost weaknesses in the process.
I don't quite remember this film. Watched it a long time ago. Not particularly memorable I suppose.
Based on a play (and written by that play's creator), this is a film about love, lust, relationships, betrayal, and a generalization about some, but not all, facets of human sexuality and desire. It covers a period of several years and follows four people who all start as strangers with one another, but end up tightly connected (and disconnected) over and over again. It's a good concept, and a lot of it works, but I feel like this was better as a stage play sense it really doesn't come off as all that cinematic in its execution. Also, it's rather pretentious and I'm not sure if this is quite what it really could have been.It makes some good statements about the human condition, but I was left a little underwhelmed. I will give this film a lot of credit and say that it does have some sharp writing, great dialogue, and some fantastic performances. It has a few scenes that are just absolutely fantastic and rather devastating, but I also feel like this film could have been far edgier, scathing, and really do the topic justice. As I mentioned above, the acting is great. All of the four mains are firing on all cylinders, yet it's the two women who really shine here, mostly because they are each playing characters that help them shed certain images and reputations they have acquired. That's not to say that the men don't excel, because they do. The men just don't have the better roles (but each does get a few really good moments with their roles). People seem to love this movie, but I just can't get onto that bandwagon. It's good, really good at times, but I feel like it's a watered down version of what it could have been. I was left underwhelmed, slightly dissatisfied, and hoping that the statements the film tried to make would really blow me away instead of being mostly interesting but not much more. Still, the film does have its moments, so that's why I'm still giving it a mild pass.
|Larry:||She has the moronic of beauty of youth, but she's sly.|
|Alice:||I don't want to lie. I can't tell the truth. So it's over.|
|Dan:||When I get back, please tell me the truth.|
|Dan:||Because I'm addicted to it. Because without it, we're animals. Trust me.|
|Alice:||Where is this love? I can't see it, I can't touch it. I can't feel it. I can hear it. I can hear some words, but I can't do anything with your easy words|
|Alice:||Where is this love? I can't see it, I can't touch it. I can't feel it. I can hear it. I can hear some words, but I can't do anything with your easy words.|