Bitter Moon (1992)

Bitter Moon (1992)



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Roman Polanski, Gerard Brach, and John Brownjohn adapted Pascal Bruckner's novel for this erotic, funny, and frequently twisted story of a shipboard romance that has a decidedly sadomasochistic edge. Cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli; score by Vangelis.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Hugh Grant
as Nigel
Sophie Patel
as Amrita
Stockard Channing
as Publisher
Boris Bergman
as Oscar's Friend
Smilja Mihailovitch
as Bridge Player
Leo Eckmann
as Bridge Player
Richard Dieux
as Partygoer
as Hooker
Geoffrey Carey
as Neighbor with Dog
Robert Benmussa
as Flight Dispatcher
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Critic Reviews for Bitter Moon

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (10)

It's a matter of some dispute whether Roman Polanski's letter to the darker side of the romantic impulse, but there's little question that this is his most emotionally complex movie.

Full Review… | February 19, 2010
Chicago Reader
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Strong playing by topliner Peter Coyote can't compensate for a script that's all over the map and a tone that veers from outre comedy to erotic game-playing.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

Rich and darkly disturbing, it's also wickedly entertaining.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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This material obviously appeals to his sense of mischief, which remains alive and well.

August 30, 2004
New York Times
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By turns funny, brilliant, shocking and downright terrible, this choppy, two-hour-plus voyage is for Polanski aficionados who don't mind watching their favorite, aging enfant terrible going gleefully under.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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During 2 1/2 hours of choppy waters, soured love affairs and seasickly moods, the controversial director's Lust Boat becomes the Loathe Boat. By then, it's way too late for Dramamine.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Bitter Moon

Normally I love Polanski's work, but I didn't know what to think of this movie. First of all it's really long, and there's a lot of talking. There are a lot of erotic scenes, and most of them are good. I didn't know weather I liked it or not, but overall it's an okay thriller/drama.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

There are some people who would have you believe that Polanski made little of worth between "Chinatown" in 1974 and his critical comeback "The Pianist" in 2002. I may be biased but I can find something great in just about everything he shoots and I would rate this as one of his best movies. It's a dark and disturbing but blackly comic tale of an obsessive and destructive relationship. Polanski often struggles to bring a film in under two hours, and he doesn't do so here, but it's compulsive viewing from start to finish. Peter Coyote is magnificent and Hugh Grant's stammering upper-class-twit act has never been used to better effect. On the downside, Vangelis' soundtrack is very dreary.

Stephen M
Stephen M

Super Reviewer

Polanski accomplishes another quest for love in the depths of hell. an outstanding and upsetting erotic drama. Peter Coyote completely steals the movie.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

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