Bitter Moon

1992

Bitter Moon

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Bitter Moon

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (12)

  • 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.

    May 25, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
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  • Bitter Moon is half-digested and grossly undramatised, a loop-tape of explanations and voiceover; the longer it goes on, the more it drains our interest away.

    January 4, 2018 | Full Review…
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    September 7, 2011 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • 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.

    February 19, 2010 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Derek Elley

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

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Bitter Moon

  • Apr 24, 2020
    Darkly comedic, especially the (present day) Oscar & his developing relationship with Nigel.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Dec 20, 2008
    Supposed to be trashy fun, but it's mostly just trashy.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2008
    very interesting movie...peter coyote does a wonderful job..adult themes might turn some off..but if its your bag..its a real enjoyable yarn..nice paris setting and aboard the ship....good storytelling and scriptwriting..
    alan j Super Reviewer

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