Closer Reviews

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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.
June 24, 2006
Owen and Portman give excellent, committed performances, leaving Law and Roberts in the shade.
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 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.
March 7, 2005
Vibrates with eroticism, bruising laughs and dynamite performances from four attractive actors doing decidedly unattractive things.
February 15, 2005
All the performances are strong, with Portman especially fearless and Owen simply fearsome as a man driven by his base instincts.
December 11, 2004
If it makes you uncomfortable, or leaves you disturbed, it has only done its job.
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.
December 11, 2004
December 11, 2004
Nichols is back, his instincts for intimacy as cutting as ever...
December 11, 2004
Impeccably acted and directed -- but quite icy.
December 11, 2004
[A] chilly, caustic, foul-mouthed anatomy of modern romance.
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.
December 11, 2004
There's a creepy fascination in the way these four characters stage their affairs while occupying impeccable lifestyles.
December 11, 2004
Not to be missed.
December 10, 2004
An extremely well-executed entertainment exclusively for grown-ups.
December 9, 2004
Bad Pinter meets bad Updike, dancing to the rat-a-tat rhythms of an ER episode.
December 9, 2004
Despite four very strong performances, Closer is hard emotional work to sit through.
December 7, 2004
Owen alone, in Closer, rises to the challenge.
December 3, 2004
Feels so remote that it renders itself inconsequential.
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