The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover Reviews

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April 21, 2020
A bold, strident, purposefully aggressive film.
April 21, 2020
Greenaway's new film is -- let us waste no time -- a masterpiece.
April 21, 2020
The film doesn't even justify itself on intellectual grounds. It is pointless self-indulgence, more likely to bore sophisticated audiences than shock or titillate them.
April 21, 2020
Greenaway -- inspired by Jacobean revenge plays and Dutch masters' paintings -- stuffs the viewer with ripe images and raw language. He tests your appetite for intelligent sensation. For many it may be a daunting test, but it is worth taking.
April 21, 2020
This is a shocking, confrontational film that is intended to disturb. It is also an adult film in the best sense.
April 21, 2020
Gambon is stupendous, a roaring hound from hell. And Mirren is his match in a performance of mounting fervor.
April 21, 2020
Greenaway is never able to establish a real sense of evil and dread. No matter how monstrous their actions, his characters remain cartoons, which of course renders their actions much less disturbing, much more easily dismissed.
April 21, 2020
Many people will be profoundly offended by this film... but some may appreciate it for what it certainly is: the most startling depiction of intellectual cruelty and evil for many years.
April 21, 2020
Greenaway's stunning "designer dream" is sick, sexy and rude in about equal provocative proportions and totally unforgettable.
January 17, 2020
Greenaway is now beyond question the most exciting intelligence at work in our cinema.
February 26, 2019
It's as if Greenaway had all this artistry, including his own, at his disposal and created nothing but a dead piece of meat, for no reason in particular--unless it's to express his contempt for his audience.
August 13, 2011
[VIDEO ESSAY] ... a masterpiece of British cinema built on several hundred years of literary tradition. The film must be viewed more than once to begin to apprehend its strong and subtle layers of rope-thick satire.
April 23, 2011
Take it or leave it: Greeanway's contemporary Jacobean drama, about greed, adultery and cannibalism, is brutal, provocative and visually brilliant.
September 1, 2009
Still the most lavishly offensive of Greenaway's films.
October 18, 2008
Albert is one of the ugliest characters ever brought to the screen. Ignorant, over-bearing and violent, it's a gloriously rich performance by Gambon.
October 15, 2007
Highly stylized and elegant Jacobean revenge tale over adultery and jealousy that rolls against the taste buds like a mouth full of hot pepper.
June 24, 2006
For a Jacobean-style drama about deadly emotions, the film lacks passion; only in the final half-hour, with Michael Nyman's funereal music supplying a welcome gravity, does it at last exert a stately power.
March 9, 2006
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