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Bitter Moon Reviews

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May 25, 2018
Again, Polanski gives us a deliciously bitter, moonstruck tale of love and sex and revenge and blood, and even the possibility of redemption.
February 13, 2018
Recklessly perched on the edge of the ludicrous, this examination of a destructive erotic passion unfolds with an unsettling mixture of steam and mordant iron.
March 21, 2015
[VIDEO ESSAY] A be-all-and-end-all example of erotic drama...
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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.
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.
April 9, 2007
A fascinatingly ugly study of a relationship gone sour.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
February 9, 2006
Rich and darkly disturbing, it's also wickedly entertaining.
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
August 30, 2004
This material obviously appeals to his sense of mischief, which remains alive and well.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 4, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
December 2, 2003
Devilishly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3/4
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
July 30, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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.
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
January 1, 2000
A disturbing, spare story and a return to Polanski's earlier thematic ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 1, 2000
Look beyond the titillation. In the end, this is a story about the boundaries of love and how easy we can flip between the two emotions.
| Original Score: 4/5
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