Closer Reviews

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June 5, 2019
Each frame of the film seems infused with vibrant life, even when the tone switches from dark to darker.
April 23, 2019
For all its stunt casting and knee-jerk sexual frankness, Closer gives an underlying resonance to an emotional world that is normally the preserve of glossy soap operas.
August 24, 2017
Closer takes the traditional notion of romance and attempts to batter it into submission, mostly through the constant application of swear words.
June 4, 2014
The heart isn't a fist any more than the hand is a foot, and anyway there's no fist so tight that doesn't unfold into an open hand sometime. The movie is like a comedy someone dipped in a solvent.
December 22, 2010
Searing story of betrayal isn't for kids.
June 7, 2010
Closer is no joke and it's got the brave, mature performances of an all-star cast to prove it. It's a movie in which characters feel each other up with their hands and knock each other down with words.
September 26, 2009
With a better script, Closer could have been compelling romantic drama; instead, it's little more than clichéd nonsense.
April 29, 2009
Nichols ... simply stuns with a beautiful production, excellent script, unconventional and rather hateful story, and excellent acting all around.
April 18, 2009
Mike Nichols teases up a similar level of emotional dysfunction to "Carnal Knowledge" with a filmic rendition of Patrick Marber's stage play about sexual one-ups-man-ship.
March 19, 2009
Like dramas by Pinter and others, what seems trenchant and perfectly pitched in the theater can come off as arch even when skillfully transferred to film.
December 27, 2007
Four beautiful, despicable characters find everything but love in this borderline sadistic battle of words from Mike Nichols.
July 30, 2007
It's only as good as its cast. Fortunately, it's a good cast.
May 28, 2007
Marber looks at farcical giddiness with a hard-won sobriety.... Closer is a voguish farce that, rather than making you wish you were like the characters, makes you wish that you hadn't been.
August 31, 2006
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June 24, 2006
Owen and Portman give excellent, committed performances, leaving Law and Roberts in the shade.
April 1, 2006
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January 17, 2006
Thanks to Marber's whiplash dialogue, the cast suffer with an eloquence that's uncommon in the movies, but that's about as far as it goes.
December 6, 2005
Fortunately for Nichols, Marber's script is smart enough and often uncomfortably amusing, and the talent he's arrayed all live up to their marquee status. Even Roberts.
September 26, 2005
Closer, a lacerating four-character suite on the elusiveness of love and intimacy, finds Nichols returning to his roots without having lost his sardonic edge.
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