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Eyes Wide Shut Reviews

December 14, 2014
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
It's empty of ideas, which is fine, but it's also empty of heat.
December 14, 2014
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 13, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 13, 2014
Trust Stanley Kubrick to make a sex movie with absolutely no sexual heat but instead with ideas that haunt you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 13, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 13, 2014
The price of Kubrick and Raphael's stubborn fidelity to the content if not the form of the novella is deadly.
December 13, 2014
Long and dull, despite the sumptuous production design and light-shimmering photography (and the orgy).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 13, 2014
Eyes Wide Shut is above all a masterpiece of sustained tone, a tightrope act that pays off in rich and unexpected ways.
December 13, 2014
There is in Cruise a kind of passionate watchfulness and in Kidman a desperate and touching candor, and they keep drawing us past the narrative's improbabilities to its human heart.
December 13, 2014
Eyes Wide Shut feels overblown, unresolved; in a better world it would not be the last work of an illustrious career. But this world is good enough to have given us all of Stanley Kubrick's films, and for that film lovers must give thanks.
May 8, 2007
I don't know how a director whose central theme is the loss of humanity can be so uninterested in the minutiae of human speech and behavior.
May 8, 2007
A riveting, thematically probing, richly atmospheric and just occasionally troublesome work, a deeply inquisitive consideration of the extent of trust and mutual knowledge possible between a man and a woman.
April 27, 2007
I kept my eyes wide open all through Eyes Wide Shut and saw more control-freak unreality than visual genius around the edges of the cluttered compositions.
January 26, 2006
Finally, however, it's just a cautionary tale about some very mild, old-fashioned erotic fantasies.
July 21, 2005
Kubrick, exactly in character, has left us as the unchallengeable champion of the enigma.
February 21, 2004
As it rambles on, it makes less and less of the material, rather than more.
June 18, 2002
Well, I'll be damned. A sex movie this summer for grown-ups.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 19, 2002
[Kubrick's] final, hypnotic, meticulously crafted film... hangs on something as commonplace as a husband's confession of his strange desires.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
In his last picture, Kubrick will have to get by with a shallow mastery of craft.
January 1, 2000
For most people, though, a single viewing will be more than enough.
January 1, 2000
It's the most brilliant, most glamorous, yet subtlest movie about sexual desire and sexual jealousy.
January 1, 2000
You experience this 159-minute movie at his deliberate pace and from his oddly distanced perspective. The effect is disorienting but mesmerizing.
January 1, 2000
Kidman is consistently excellent. This is the most powerful role she has taken on throughout a varied career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
Combines all the flaws that marred Kubrick's earlier work - including a glacial pace, emotional coldness and the sudden eruption of scenes that seem to belong in a different movie.
January 1, 2000
Quite good in parts and always dazzling to the eye but a letdown all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Eyes Wide Shut turns into a series of haphazard revelations that come to very little.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 1, 2000
Mr. Kubrick left one more brilliantly provocative tour de force as his epitaph.
January 1, 2000
Censored or not, Eyes Wide Shut remains an absorbing, haunting and ultimately profoundly moral work by a filmmaker working at the peak of his craft.
January 1, 2000
Watching Eyes Wide Shut, I don't think I blinked once.
January 1, 2000
This is personal filmmaking as well as dream poetry of the kind most movie commerce has ground underfoot, and if a better studio release comes along this year I'll be flabbergasted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
From the already famous 'mirror' love scene, played with a carnal sweetness that's rare in the brittle, cynical sexuality of film today, to the anger, fear and pain of their final confrontation, Cruise and Kidman are open and touching.
January 1, 2000
Eyes Wide Shut is a masterful, cunning, challenging art movie!
January 1, 2000
Watching Eyes Wide Shut is a thrilling experience -- not just because of the unmasked sexuality and hair-raising suspense, but because of Kubrick's passion and control.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Kubrick may have found, in this very adult and very human sexual awakening, a happy ending at last.
January 1, 2000
A precisely modulated and mostly mesmerizing 2 3/4-hour suspense movie.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Challenging and richly rewarding!
January 1, 2000
Profound, intimate, provocative, richly ambiguous and spiked with sudden or sustained bursts of deeply knowing humor.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
For adult audiences, it creates a mesmerizing daydream of sexual fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
It's a powerful movie without always, or often, being a very good one; watching it is a bit like being inside the twistings and conniptions of a control freak who longs to lose control, only to pull back tighter than ever.