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

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.
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.
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
Greenaway, the bemused, coolly ironic truth-teller, has painted a cruel portrait for a cruel time.
January 1, 2000
Give or take another masterpiece coming down the pike, this intricately assembled, viscerally provocative tract on consumerism gone full and grisly circle, is without a doubt, the most accomplished, astounding film of the year.
January 1, 2000
It doesn't simply make a show of being uncompromising -- it is uncompromised in every single shot from beginning to end.
January 1, 2000
Taboos? If director Peter Greenaway has any, you can't tell by this film.
September 11, 1989
It's probably safe to say that the British director Peter Greenaway holds the ugliest view of mankind ever put forth by a maker of feature films.