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Bitter Moon Reviews

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 21, 2015
[VIDEO ESSAY] A be-all-and-end-all example of erotic drama...
Full Review | Original Score: A+

TV Guide
February 19, 2010
Bitter Moon is entertaining, but in the manner of ghastly car crashes and legendary theatrical disasters; you can't take your eyes off it, but you often want to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
February 19, 2010
Deliberately provocative, infuriatingly melodramatic, this is a film that begs not to be taken seriously, and requires a ready suspension of moral discernment for maximum enjoyment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Film4
February 19, 2010
Polanski's study of a marriage based on obsession, lust and cruelty was panned by critics as tasteless pornography, but there's a rich fascination in the film's openly voyeuristic, lurid extremes.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 19, 2010
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.
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Derek Elley
Variety
March 26, 2009
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.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
April 9, 2007
A fascinatingly ugly study of a relationship gone sour.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Polanski tempers his tale by filtering it through Grant, who receives it with a combination of disgust and fascination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Rich and darkly disturbing, it's also wickedly entertaining.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 21, 2005
A Freudian psychiatrist will have a field day analyzing Roman Polanski's perversely erotic tale, in which his real-life wife Emmanuelle Seigner is subjected to all kinds of physical and sexual abuses.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
This material obviously appeals to his sense of mischief, which remains alive and well.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 2, 2003
Devilishly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
June 11, 2003
One of Polanski's most celebrated directorial motifs, the decimation of human bodies as a reflection of their withering spirits, is brutally forthright in Bitter Moon.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 7, 2002
By turns moving and creepy -- and very sexual -- it's one of Polanski's darkest and deepest works, yet strangely one of his least celebrated.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Stephen Farber
Movieline
January 9, 2002
Unfortunately, Polanski is not in complete control of the tone of the movie.
Keith Simanton
Movieline
November 12, 2001
You laugh, but you watch, and sometimes you watch without laughing at all. It's a cruise on the wild side with no Dramamine required.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
I'm not sure what audience Polanski intended this movie for, but I'm obviously not in the target group.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Well, of course Bitter Moon is wretched excess. But Polanski directs it without compromise or apology.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Brown
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
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.
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