Eyes Wide Shut Reviews

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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 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
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).
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.
March 19, 2002
[Kubrick's] final, hypnotic, meticulously crafted film... hangs on something as commonplace as a husband's confession of his strange desires.
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.
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