Bitter Moon


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.

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Critic Reviews for Bitter Moon

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (11)

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

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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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

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

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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

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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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French Emmanuelle Seigner looks bloody hotter in her nudity and sex scenes in this Roman Polanski's tale of obsessive love.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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