Eyes Wide Shut Reviews

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September 29, 2019
Eyes Wide Shut (1999) is legendary director Stanley Kubrick's highly-anticipated, last completed film. It was titled 'Eyes Wide Shut' to imply self-contradictory opposites: at first being exposed or tempted, and then reflexively turning away...
July 11, 2019
Eyes Wide Shut has gotten better with age. It was, in Nietzsche's word, untimely; its first audiences failed to understand it, while its real contemporaries had to bide their time.
March 26, 2019
Eyes Wide Shut reveals new truths with each viewing.
February 28, 2019
A film so willing to explore the limitations of masculinity, the limitations of heterosexuality, and the limitations of what fantasy looks like for a man who has none, is a decidedly interesting, and queer, work with which to end one's filmmaking career.
February 22, 2019
This is not the steamy sexual extravaganza we have been promised, but it is provocative. In its own tormented way, Eyes Wide Shut is a valentine to monogamy.
November 29, 2018
It was a knockout in the first round. Kubrick's fluid camerawork lulled them.
October 27, 2018
This is, one might argue, what the audience has paid to see and what they've always wanted to see: the then-most famous couple in the world, at home in both the literal and figurative sense, unguarded and au naturel.
April 10, 2018
Kubrick's final film is unique in his oeuvre for concluding on a note of apparent affirmation.
March 2, 2017
A delicious, deadpan farce about the fragile masculine ego.
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
The technical and visual command of this movie is captivating -- but it is a minor Kubrick.
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.
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.
December 13, 2014
Maybe we should suspend the reductive question, "Is it any good or not?" and acknowledge that it's a fascinating, tantalising film that will continue to be argued about.
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
Kubrick stirs so many visual wonders and intellectual quandaries into the mix that the result is strangely mesmerizing and unsettlingly unforgettable.
December 13, 2014
The whole of it isn't much, but the parts are sometimes splendid. Kubrick was messing with our minds, as always.
December 13, 2014
Eyes Wide Shut is flawed and overlong, but it's the work of a master, and whether you regard the 'imperfections' as such depends on how you read the film.
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.
November 18, 2014
...suffers from an opening half hour that's simply not all that engrossing...
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