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Closer Reviews

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Top Critic
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 18, 2004
Some may find it 'honest' or 'revealing.' Many others may recognize how shallow, even debased, the characters are, each in his or her own way bent on destructive behavior certain to sabotage love relationships.
Jason Blake
Sydney Morning Herald
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.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
Competently acted, theatrically staged.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
November 29, 2004
Beautiful people's selfish sex lives, tears, and glossy infidelity. Owen and Law weep for Roberts.
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Todd McCarthy
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.
Joshua Tyler
December 4, 2004
The film struggles for relationship realism, but comes up confused.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 3, 2004
The film is pitched with the same pace and distance as the play; characters chatter on in neat, clipped little sound bites that sound very little like real conversation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Four beautiful, despicable characters find everything but love in this borderline sadistic battle of words from Mike Nichols.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
December 1, 2004
like watching a terrible train wreck in excruciatingly slow motion
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
December 18, 2004
Banal Knowledge.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
December 2, 2004
Smugly offensive.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/4
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
December 3, 2004
A few rousing moments do not an overall cogent narrative make.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Willie Waffle
December 1, 2004
I hope Closer doesn't win an Oscar, or I'll have to see 10 more like it next year.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Uri Lessing
July 25, 2005
...directors like Peter Greenaway and Mike Leigh have examined sexual politics and cruelty with results that are significantly more profound.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
December 3, 2004
A better name for this movie would be Four Beautiful People Cheating on Each Other.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Susan Granger
December 4, 2004
If characters are totally self-absorbed and don't care for each other, it's hard for an audience to form an emotional connection with them or care about their relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
December 13, 2004
Despite formidable performances by Roberts, Law, Portman, and Owen, Mike Nichols's "Closer" is weakened by both its source material and odd directorial decision making.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 28, 2005
Man, you'd expect a movie with this much sex talk in it to be, well, sexier.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 5, 2005
Offers a cynical and pessimistic look at the ongoing Sexual Revolution.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
November 30, 2004
More than three decades after the frank sex-talk of Nichols's early triumphs, Closer offers only a cozy and barely fashionable cynicism.
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