Eyes Wide Shut


Eyes Wide Shut

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 155


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User Ratings: 192,408
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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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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 (155) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (116) | Rotten (39)

  • 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.

    Dec 14, 2014 | Full Review…
  • It's empty of ideas, which is fine, but it's also empty of heat.

    Dec 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.

    Dec 14, 2014 | Full Review…

    Paul Tatara

    Top Critic
  • The technical and visual command of this movie is captivating -- but it is a minor Kubrick.

    Dec 14, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 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.

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

Audience Reviews for Eyes Wide Shut

  • May 28, 2019
    It's a headscratcher. That's part of why it's a masterwork. Dream-like and filled with clues of deep meanings Stanley Kubrick's last film is a must-see. Multiple times. Keep digging for meaning. But, do it with eyes wide open.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2017
    I should not have watched this with my mom
    Spencer M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2016
    Kubrick's last and massively underrated motion picture reaps tiny seeds of its climax from the get go. Eyes Wide Shut explores sex, infidelity, marriage, humilation, deviance and other topics; personally I think the main theme of the film is want - the want to wear a mask and the want to take off one's mask. Nicole Kidman is great in a supporting role whilst Tom Cruise is good, but comletely overshadowed by Kubrick's artistry at play and Cruise seems like he's straggling slightly in performance at times. It's definitely Kubrick's most NSFW picture in my opinion even more severe in its images than A Clockwork Orange. The music ranges from reversed chanting to Chris Isaak and meanders in sync with the tone of the film. It channels, studies and explores every element of the psychology of sex ranging from the stark, desperate and horrifying to the playfully mischevious fantasy. Often, Eyes Wide Shut even borders on Lynchian weirdness and unsettling dream-like sequences. It is my favourite film of Kubrick's.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 30, 2015
    Eyes Wide Shut has a good story for a psychological thriller. Overall, it is a good film (better than most films) but a low four stars, not at the level of the Shining or 2001. The film lacked in style and vibe, especially when I am reminded of American Beauty. Eyes Wide Shut may have been great if it were shorter and had an eerie, melancholy, wandering/lost vibe and camera style to match. But, again, it is a good story for a thriller, so give it a view if you in the mood.
    Robert B Super Reviewer

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