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  • Summary: A bitingly funny and honest look at modern relationships, Closer is the story of four strangers -- their chance meetings, instant attractions and casual betrayals. (Sony Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 42
  2. Negative: 2 out of 42
  1. 100
    They are all so very articulate, which is refreshing in a time when literate and evocative speech has been devalued in the movies.
  2. 88
    From Marber's fiercely polished writing, Nichols wrings every drop of acid, yet it's a show of the director's goodness that a movie fundamentally preoccupied with interpersonal ugliness is allowed to end on a convincing note of beauty.
  3. 80
    Dramatically leaps through time, covering months or sometimes years in the span of a single cut. The effect is jarring and exhilarating, but it also bucks the common idea that relationships deepen over time.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    The caustic wit and brute force of Patrick Marber's acclaimed play come across with a softened edge in Mike Nichols' bigscreen version of Closer.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    Offers a bleak though thought-provoking take on relationships. The challenge for the viewer is in caring enough to become invested in characters who seem hellbent on hurting one another.
  6. 60
    The Nichols of 1971 was bold and speedy, keeping pace with Jack Nicholson's contempt, whereas the more civilized Nichols of 2004 seems a beat behind the lines, waiting for peace or charity to break out. They never do.
  7. Everything is tearful confessions, angry interrogations and breakups. But there's nothing underneath.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 91 out of 142
  2. Negative: 45 out of 142
  1. Sep 1, 2012
    10
    The acting was great and very believable. It has some amusing moments, and it was very heart-felt. The love square was artfully portrayed.The acting was great and very believable. It has some amusing moments, and it was very heart-felt. The love square was artfully portrayed. Overall an enjoyable film with great actors. Expand
  2. IgnatK.
    Sep 14, 2007
    10
    One of the very few movies showing true relations - with uniquely truthful direct speech between the characters, and amazing music selection!
  3. May 12, 2012
    9
    Strange, weird. beautiful, endearing, funny and one of the great play adaptations. Closer features all the actors in their best form and theStrange, weird. beautiful, endearing, funny and one of the great play adaptations. Closer features all the actors in their best form and the direction is great. I give this movie 88%. Expand
  4. WendyB.
    Oct 3, 2005
    8
    Rather sad - but honest.
  5. Aug 17, 2012
    7
    I think this movie is not too bad, and I guess there is no joy in this movie but overall the cast in this movie is very good in the act it.I think this movie is not too bad, and I guess there is no joy in this movie but overall the cast in this movie is very good in the act it. This movie is stated about the honesty Expand
  6. May 25, 2013
    5
    Based on an award winning play Closer tells the story of four lovers across a four year period. The movies theatre origins are apparentBased on an award winning play Closer tells the story of four lovers across a four year period. The movies theatre origins are apparent throughout with its small cast and succession of two person scenes. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, most scenes are certainly well written and performed admirably by the cast, it can make their story seem very isolated from the outside world on occasions.

    Despite these excellent performances however the biggest problem I had with Closer is that, with the possible exception of Alice (Portman), it is very difficult to feel any sympathy for any of the characters and their predicaments. Throughout the film their behavior makes them continually come across as totally unlikable to the point that by the films conclusion the ongoing drama between them becomes closer to irritating than interesting.
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  7. JeffM
    Oct 14, 2005
    0
    Many there really are people who are cynical enough - or stupid enough - to find merit in a movie about four such self-destructive imbeciles. Many there really are people who are cynical enough - or stupid enough - to find merit in a movie about four such self-destructive imbeciles. The artsy types (such as many so-called movie critics) love to embrace the "honesty" of psychologic pathology. This moive has no shortage of that. Fact is, only people who derive some form of perverse joy in watching idiotic people engage in idiotic dialogue for idiotic reasons might find merit in this movie. The rest of us would do better to spend the money at McDonalds. Expand

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