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

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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
September 14, 2005
December 31, 2004
December 27, 2004
August 30, 2004
The Cook, the Thief. His Wife and Her Lover is a dark and grim morality play about our insatiable appetite for cruelty and power.
April 2, 2004
January 11, 2004
October 17, 2003
Startling and bold!
October 12, 2003
Despite its compelling nature, Greenaways film is not always an easy one to sit through.
August 16, 2003
Singular and unforgettable, but also grotesque and hyper-inflated; hard to pass up, but harder to sit through.
June 19, 2003
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May 20, 2003
A work so intelligent and powerful that it evokes our best emotions and least civil impulses, so esthetically brilliant that it expands the boundaries of film itself.
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