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

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.
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.
October 12, 2003
Despite its compelling nature, Greenaways film is not always an easy one to sit through.
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.