Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic 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. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    Funny, hurtful, splendidly acted.
  3. 89
    Closer is an un-love story as honest and naked as Cupid in the devil's dock, the whole truth, and nothing but.
  4. 88
    Mike Nichols' haunting, hypnotic Closer vibrates with eroticism, bruising laughs and dynamite performances from four attractive actors doing decidedly unattractive things.
  5. Few directors are more adept at playing with all this anguish and exhilaration than Mike Nichols.
  6. 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.
  7. 88
    This is most definitely NOT a date movie. But if you appreciate films that are more substance than style, that take challenges and don't follow formulas, and that feature Oscar-caliber performances, Closer is not to be missed.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 240 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 91 out of 142
  2. Negative: 45 out of 142
  1. 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%. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. Jul 6, 2011
    10
    This movie captures something about love that most romantic dramas do not - the unpredictability. The only flaw I can find in this movie isThis movie captures something about love that most romantic dramas do not - the unpredictability. The only flaw I can find in this movie is the way it clumsily skips through years without warning. Natalie Portman was slightly underused also despite out-shining the rest of the actors and having the most interesting and relatable character by far. Owen also displayed a tremendous amount of talent, however. Full Review »