Bitter Moon


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.


Critic Reviews for Bitter Moon

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (11) | 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.

    Feb 13, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Feb 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.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Derek Elley

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

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • This material obviously appeals to his sense of mischief, which remains alive and well.

    Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • I'm not sure what audience Polanski intended this movie for, but I'm obviously not in the target group.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bitter Moon

  • 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 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
  • Nov 27, 2007
    British couple Fiona and Nigel Dobson are sailing to Istanbul en route to India. They encounter a beautiful French woman, and that night Nigel meets her while dancing alone in the ship?s bar. Later he meets her crippled American husband Oscar, who tells him their story. While living in Paris for several years trying to be a writer, he becomes obsessed with a woman he met by chance on a bus. He tracks her down and they start a steamy love affair. Soon Oscar finds himself enslaved body and soul by her love, and continues to tell Nigel the details of this relationship in various stages over a number of visits to Oscar?s cabin.
    Martin D Super Reviewer

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