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Closer Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Owen and Portman give excellent, committed performances, leaving Law and Roberts in the shade.
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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.
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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
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 11, 2004
If it makes you uncomfortable, or leaves you disturbed, it has only done its job.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Christy Lemire
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
December 11, 2004
| Original Score: B+
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 11, 2004
Closer has lots to offer: smart performances, archly funny dialogue and a feeling for the way a group of strangers can become so familiar that they're apt to rip one another to shreds.
| Original Score: B
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 11, 2004
Impeccably acted and directed -- but quite icy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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David Ansen
Newsweek
December 11, 2004
[A] chilly, caustic, foul-mouthed anatomy of modern romance.
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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 11, 2004
Nichols is back, his instincts for intimacy as cutting as ever...
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 11, 2004
There's not an American filmmaker who better understands the scheming perversity and self-deception lurking beneath our passions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 11, 2004
It does shock, I should say, in the way of men and women doing their psychological worst and most ruthless to push away those they have previously pulled close.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 11, 2004
There's a creepy fascination in the way these four characters stage their affairs while occupying impeccable lifestyles.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 11, 2004
Not to be missed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
December 10, 2004
An extremely well-executed entertainment exclusively for grown-ups.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 9, 2004
Despite four very strong performances, Closer is hard emotional work to sit through.
| Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 9, 2004
Bad Pinter meets bad Updike, dancing to the rat-a-tat rhythms of an ER episode.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
December 7, 2004
Owen alone, in Closer, rises to the challenge.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 3, 2004
Feels so remote that it renders itself inconsequential.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 3, 2004
It's written and filmed with great intelligence, and performed fearlessly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 3, 2004
Closer has clever dialogue and scenes that are alive to all the treachery and nuance of sexual intrigue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 3, 2004
This smart and unsettling new Mike Nichols relationship drama follows two couples through the back alleys of love and commitment, with tour guides who don't seem to grasp what those words mean.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 3, 2004
It's not emotional closeness these connection junkies want. It's merely to close the deal and seal another conquest.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 3, 2004
It's about getting closer, but the hurting part is about getting farther.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 3, 2004
There are moments in Closer when the truth not only hurts, it claws the skin away.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 3, 2004
Closer struggles formidably to come up with something to say about modern-day relationships, but all you're left with is the struggle.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
December 3, 2004
In Closer, a searing drama that dares speak the truth about modern adult relationships, it's hard to distinguish between sincere emotion and manipulation, between true caring and heartless self-interest.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 3, 2004
Essentially, this whole picture is a tombstone to love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 3, 2004
Closer is an actor's showcase that looks a bit too much like an actor's showcase, but it still manages to satisfy thanks to an acerbic sense of humor and a passion for the follies of passion.
| Original Score: B+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 3, 2004
Its meditation on power may not be everyone's cup of tea. But for those who prefer Earl Grey to camomile it works a dark magic.
| Original Score: 3/4
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December 3, 2004
It has a lot to say about the human condition and what we're willing to go through in order to find and keep love.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 3, 2004
At 73, Nichols is in peak form.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 2, 2004
Closer offers a bleak though thought-provoking take on relationships. The challenge for the viewer is in caring enough to become invested in characters who seem hellbent on hurting one another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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December 2, 2004
I have to confess: I love it when big movie stars talk dirty.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 2, 2004
It's all dressed up but, frankly, it's got nowhere of interest to go.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 2, 2004
Sure, there's a rubber-necky attraction to watching these good-looking, half-baked creations living anguished, photogenic lifestyles. But it's unclear if we're supposed to feel engaged.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
December 2, 2004
Everything about Closer -- from its four wonderful performances to Nichols' stunning work -- looks and feels perfect.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
December 2, 2004
Next to Closer, most on-screen relationships seem too neat and polite, with tears shed only for effect, and feelings bruised but never really damaged.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
December 2, 2004
With crackling dialogue, Closer reaches out and grabs all but the most reluctant viewer. Some spectators will be bored, but more will be shaken and stirred.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 2, 2004
In spite of the teasing promise of its title, Mike Nichols's deft drama does everything it can to push you away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 2, 2004
Portman, well, she shines. It's a performance that really does mark her entrance into movie adulthood.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 2, 2004
This is director Mike Nichols' best theatrical effort in years.
| Original Score: B
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 2, 2004
It's a pleasure to see material this intelligent, a cast this inspired -- and Nichols in his Carnal Knowledge prime, operating with cold, silky expertise.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
November 23, 2004
Funny, hurtful, splendidly acted.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 22, 2004
One of the most viciously insightful relationship films this side of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
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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.