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Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

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Critic Consensus: Kubrick's intense study of the human psyche yields an impressive cinematic work.

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After learning of his wife's flirtatious behavior, Dr. William Harford goes on an odyssey of his own.

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Cast

Tom Cruise
as Dr. William Harford
Nicole Kidman
as Alice Harford
Sydney Pollack
as Victor Ziegler
Alan Cumming
as Desk Clerk
Leelee Sobieski
as Milich's Daughter
Peter Benson
as Bandleader
Kevin Connealy
as Lou Nathanson
Dan Rollman
as Rowdy College Kid #1
Gavin Perry
as Rowdy College Kid #2
Chris Paré
as Rowdy College Kid #3
Adam Lias
as Rowdy College Kid #4
Christian Clarke
as Rowdy College Kid #5
Kyle Whitcombe
as Rowdy College Kid #6
Gary Goba
as Naval Officer
Florian Windorfer
as Maitre D' -- Cafe Sonata
Togo Igawa
as Japanese Man #1
Eiji Kusuhara
as Japanese Man #2
Sam Douglas
as Cab Driver
Angus MacInnes
as Gateman #1
Abigail Good
as Mysterious Woman
Leon Vitali
as Red Cloak
Phil Davies
as Stalker
Cindy Dolenc
as Girl at Sharky's
Clark Hayes
as Hospital Receptionist
Treva Etienne
as Morgue Orderly
Colin Angus
as Masked Party Goer
Karla Ashley
as Masked Party Goer
Kathryn Charman
as Masked Party Goer
James Demaria
as Masked Party Goer
Anthony Desergio
as Masked Party Goer
Janie Dickens
as Masked Party Goer
Laura Fallace
as Masked Party Goer
Vanessa Fenton
as Masked Party Goer
Georgina Finch
as Masked Party Goer
Peter Godwin
as Masked Party Goer
Joanna Heath
as Masked Party Goer
Lee Henshaw
as Masked Party Goer
Ateeka Poole
as Masked Party Goer
Sharon Quinn
as Masked Party Goer
Ben De Sausmarcz
as Masked Party Goer
Emma Lou Sharratt
as Masked Party Goer
Paul Spelling
as Masked Party Goer
Matthew Thompson
as Masked Party Goer
Dan Travers
as Masked Party Goer
Russell Trigg
as Masked Party Goer
Kate Whalin
as Masked Party Goer
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Critic Reviews for Eyes Wide Shut

All Critics (147) | Top Critics (40)

This is finally a film that is better at mood than substance, that has its strongest hold on you when it's making the least amount of sense.

December 14, 2014 | Full Review…

It's empty of ideas, which is fine, but it's also empty of heat.

December 14, 2014 | Full Review…

At least Fellini pulled out the stops from the first minute when he wanted to get surreal. Here, realism fades into surrealism, then into outright foolishness. Morbidly paced foolishness.

December 14, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's as rich and strange and riveting as any journey he's taken us on, yet it's also familiar in a disquieting way.

December 13, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Trust Stanley Kubrick to make a sex movie with absolutely no sexual heat but instead with ideas that haunt you.

December 13, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The film does have that advertised haunting quality, and at least one performance from Kidman, in a supporting, but vital role that's as good as any we're likely to see this year.

December 13, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Eyes Wide Shut

For many, Stanley Kubrick is one of the greatest directors America has ever produced and has offered up some of the most thought provoking films throughout his career. Unfortunately, his last film didn't receive the credit that it deserved. Literally days after delivering the final film, Kubrick died. However, in some senses, I'm actually glad Kubrick didn't have to witness his swansong's much maligned backlash. A big factor in this was the poor marketing campaign. For the first time, Kubrick released a film in the internet-age where information was readily accessible on the secrecy of its production. Rumours abound, it was flaunted as a sexually explicit bonkfest with Cruise and Kidman and the trailers teasing the audience with the real-life, married couple's nudity certainly didn't help matters. In truth, what (little) you see in the trailer is essentially all there is in the entire film between the couple. Added to which, there were rumours that Cruise would be shooting heroine for the film and wearing a dress. Needless to say, those who flocked in their droves to see such controversy where left sorely disappointed. What they really missed, though, was a rich and provocative meditation on sexual desires and the human psyche. Plot: Happily married New York City doctor, Bill Harford (Tom Cruise) appears to have the perfect life with his wife Alice (Nicole Kidman). When she admits that she had a potent sexual fantasy about a man she never met and was tempted to cheat on him, he is left reeling from shock, and goes out into the Manhattan night where he meets strange characters and enters into a world of sexual adventure for the first time in his life. Within minutes of the film's opening, we are voyeurs in the lives of our main characters. We witness them at a party where Alice flirts with an older lothario who imparts his wisdom that women only got married in order to lose their virginity, freeing them to do as they pleaded with other men. Meanwhile Bill is being accosted and propositioned to an upstairs bedroom by two beautiful models, promising to show him "where the rainbow ends". Despite these encounters amounting to nothing, they set the tone for the rest of the film in how this seemingly contented married couple will have their fidelity questioned. It's moments like these that showcase Kubrick's command of space. I love his ability for crafting a place or scene that is vast yet strangely intimate. He gives a place importance and here it is no different. Despite being set in the vibrant sprawling nightlife of New York City, we seem enclosed in the lives of our two main characters. Kubrick's craftsmanship was just as evident in the The Shining whereby he conveys the loneliness and isolation of his characters and somehow manages a palpable sense of claustrophobia within grand open spaces. If for nothing else, it brings his actors to the forefront and enhances their performances. Speaking of which, Cruise and Kidman are very brave and dynamic here. Their real life marriage (at the time) effectively seems to permeate the characters - giving a very intimate portrayal of a strained, unfulfilled relationship. It should also be noted that with Kubrick's fastidious approach to filming that the psychological torment that he put his actors through led to the break-up of Cruise and Kidman not long after filming wrapped. Much was said about Kidman's performance but this is by-and-large Cruise's film. He's the anchor and it's among his strongest work as he absolutely smolders on screen as his Dr. Harford is always heavily weighted on and there's an escalating sense of danger in his experiences. Kubrick's last film is not just one to be viewed but one to be immersed in. That's the absolute beauty and captivating nature of the film. It draws you in and, much like the protagonist, you have no idea what you're in for but you're swept along with it as if in some hypnogogic state. As a self-proclaimed admirer of David Lynch, Kubrick has managed to make a film that the idiosyncratic Lynch would be proud of. In the latter stages it becomes quite an intriguing, surrealistic mystery that begins to question Harford's perception of events. Over the course of the evening, Harford experiences a prostitute, a proposition from a teenage girl, the suggestion of his sexual orientation and, of course, an en masse orgy. But, is this the world that he's been cloistered from experiencing a reawakening? Or are these manifestations of his sexual fantasies and desires? These are the questions that begin to surface as the film's dreamlike, ambiguous nature grows stronger. It's not just what's underneath Eyes Wide Shut that's impressive, though. On the surface, the film is also visually stunning. Kubrick shoots on a grand scale where production designers Leslie Tomkins and Roy Walker capture both the interiors and exteriors with lavish flamboyancy. There's also an abundance of colour on display and cinematographer Larry Smith deserves the utmost credit with his stunning contrast of warm and cold colours that adds to the foreboding atmosphere that's tangible within the themes of the film. An avant garde, near masterpiece from Kubrick. Consider, if you will, David Lynch directing Martin Scorsese's absurd, dark comedy After Hours and you'll get a little closer to understanding it. Premature judgement has harmed the film but it is still, admittedly, not for everyone. It's not the explicit orgy that people expected but a deeply surreal, and hypnotic, psychological exploration of sexual tension, paranoia and jealousy. But if viewed from a subconcious perspective it is a hugely rewarding experience. Sadly, it was Kubrick's last film but it's also one of his finest. Mark Walker

Mark Walker
Mark Walker

Super Reviewer

I should not have watched this with my mom

Spencer Macklin
Spencer Macklin

Super Reviewer

½

A slow-burning Kubrickian exploration of extramarital sexual desire and jealousy full of symbolism, and it throws us together with the characters in a nightmarish odyssey highlighted by a terrific game of colors using blue and red to suggest menace and unconscious sex impulses.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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