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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Searing story of betrayal isn't for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 74/100
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Nichols ... simply stuns with a beautiful production, excellent script, unconventional and rather hateful story, and excellent acting all around.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cole Smithey
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rob Gonsalves
July 30, 2007
It's only as good as its cast. Fortunately, it's a good cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alan Dale
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.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
August 31, 2006
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Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Owen and Portman give excellent, committed performances, leaving Law and Roberts in the shade.

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Brian Rentschler
February 11, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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.
July 5, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
April 17, 2005
"Closer" isn't the kind of film just any audience would enjoy. The film features complex sexual and relationship themes that might leave some viewers cold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
April 13, 2005
The dialogue is often lacerating, as lovers wield words like lashes, striking out to get what they desire.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brian Juergens
Freeze Dried Movies
April 1, 2005
Since we only glimpse these personalities when they are threatened, the fun of the movie becomes trying to guess which behavior is genuine, and which is a means of defense.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 24, 2005
Surely the most divisive film about modern relations since Eyes Wide Shut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 14, 2005
Portman, with her big, eager eyes and knowing, seductive smile ... lifts the movie up to another level.
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 7, 2005
Vibrates with eroticism, bruising laughs and dynamite performances from four attractive actors doing decidedly unattractive things.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Hanks
Independent (UK)
March 7, 2005
Marber's script is wonderfully thorough in its exploration of the permutations of desire and betrayal, and the cast serve it brilliantly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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