Closer Reviews

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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.
September 26, 2009
With a better script, Closer could have been compelling romantic drama; instead, it's little more than clichéd nonsense.
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.
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.
September 16, 2005
The film's central theme is that intimacy is a lie, that the more entrenched a couple becomes in a relationship, the more they are divided by secrecy and deception.
July 25, 2005
...directors like Peter Greenaway and Mike Leigh have examined sexual politics and cruelty with results that are significantly more profound.
May 3, 2005
Competently acted, theatrically staged.
April 5, 2005
Offers a cynical and pessimistic look at the ongoing Sexual Revolution.
February 28, 2005
Man, you'd expect a movie with this much sex talk in it to be, well, sexier.
January 15, 2005
Doesn't shed a whole lot of light on actual relationships, because none of the ones in the film seem believable.
January 5, 2005
'...watching four incredibly sexy actors withhold their mojo to play this emptiness is neither enlightening nor engaging.'
January 4, 2005
A better movie back when it was called Your Friends & Neighbors and directed by Neil LaBute.
December 31, 2004
The camera spends much time on the actors' faces, whose spouting fumaroles manage to keep us interested by pace if not by virtue.
December 20, 2004
Four people marry, divorce, hop into one another's beds, talk dirty, and make each other miserable... Why did anyone think this would make for an entertaining movie?
December 18, 2004
December 18, 2004
Banal Knowledge.
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.
December 13, 2004
As Closer unspooled I found myself wishing that Nichols had done something a little more unsparing.Then I remembered that he already has: Carnal Knowlege.
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