In the Cut Reviews

April 2, 2019
This doesn't mean that Ryan is bad in the film, for she's not -- she's merely adequate, if a little bland, in a bad picture. And In the Cut is indeed a bad picture; surprisingly bad, really, given the pedigree involved.
April 2, 2019
As in Portrait of a Lady, Campion demonstrates great faith in the fantasy sequence as a guide to the psyche, but this time the device seems simplistic .
April 2, 2019
The plotting and police procedural aspects of In the Cut are perfunctory and unconvincing, and for all its air of breaking new ground, it is ploughing down some familiar furrows.
April 2, 2019
The thriller elements are half-baked and predictable. The violence is never scary nor repellent.
April 2, 2019
I still consider this the best (which also means the sexiest) Campion feature since The Piano, featuring Meg Ryan's finest performance to date and an impressive one by Mark Ruffalo.
April 2, 2019
There's nothing terribly involving or enlightening in this brooding fever dream about life and death on the dingy margins of the city.
April 1, 2019
It's about a lighthouse without any light except the revleation of a truth - and at that point, who cares?
April 1, 2019
[Jane Campion] brings shocking beauty to a traditionally male genre - and proves she's not just cinema's most eloquent female filmmaker, but one of its essential visionaries.
April 1, 2019
Campion excels in the erotic... She is, however, clearly useless at thrillers, and the final stages of this film fall just short of risible.
April 1, 2019
What we end up with is a triumph of style over confused content.
April 1, 2019
Beneath its dense texture and rich mood, Jane Campion's romantic thriller is about nothing and goes nowhere.
April 1, 2019
I never found myself relaxed watching In the Cut. There is a pat, color-by-numbers quality to the inherent whodunit and the urban backdrop feels gratuitous and empty,
March 31, 2019
Though the oppressive artiness makes the early scenes fairly ridiculous, the director's odd methods add rare tension to the climax, as it becomes evident that the finale won't be so predictable in Campion's hands.
January 11, 2019
The camera explores the female body lovingly, with a gently curious eye. This fascinating approach begs for more imitation.
January 10, 2018
Ryan gives a career redefining performance.
December 24, 2010
Weak plot with grisly middle; should've been NC-17.
August 30, 2009
A failed thriller, if a thriller it was intended to be. But it is a great success as... a study of female sexual psychology in a world of hypermasculine violence.
April 29, 2009
Dull, derivative, nonsensical and pretentious.
July 22, 2008
Jane Campion enters the world of suspense thrillers, as well as the landscape of American filmmaking, with mixed results.
September 24, 2007
Should a movie be penalized for failing to be something it never tried or aspired to be? Perhaps the marketing is to blame, or the hype surrounding Meg Ryan's nudity.