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  1. Aug 28, 2014
    Maybe it's Natalie Portman... maybe it's Clive Owen... or Julia Roberts or Jude Law. Closer keeps you fascinated with these dynamic performances. Mike Nichols proves his career did not diminish long ago following The Graduate.
  2. Jun 25, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Closer is a movie about fear and maturity. It is about lonely people seeking lovers capable of fulfilling themselves and saving them in a certain way. People looking for strangers to entertain them in a childish attempt to find their own happiness. And they cover their fears with lies until the very end of the movie.

    Dan lies to Alice for a year not telling her that he is dating Anna. Anna hides her feelings for Dan from Larry and Alice lies about his real identity to everyone the whole movie (except in the scene in which Larry asks her real name in the strip club, because she knew he was not going to believe it anyway).

    Ironically, the only character that always tells the truth is Larry, what does not redeem him from his rudeness against people. Attitude which equals him to the others in the maturity level.

    Each of the four characters idealize people, fall in love and start relationships when they are actually not ready for them. They never try to figure out why the relationships are not working, they simply jump to another crush when they are bored or face the other person imperfections, showing immaturity to deal with problems. Dan falls in love with the beautiful red-haired foreigner and then suddenly goes after the pretty photographer in a demonstration of unstable emotions.

    The movie is full of smart dialogues and outstanding quotes. Most of them performed by the characters of Portman and Owen, which received some nominations and won a few awards for their supporting roles. I guess Alice most memorable quote defines the movie accurately. In the strip scene she says to Larry "Lying is the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off - but it's better if you do." And this is what the movie brings us: an intricate and fascinating plot of individuals living a world of lies to fill their empty lives with fleeting pleasures. The director allows us viewers to be closer enough so we can see the dynamics of this relationships that reflect perfectly well the complex nature of our interactions in the world as human beings and the masks we use to hide ourselves and live as strangers.
  3. May 6, 2014
    Beautifully acted and directed movie from the legendary Mike Nichols, this movie avoids cliches and is a very sweet romantic drama that just follows your head for days. Great work from Owen, Law, Roberts and Portman
  4. Jul 9, 2013
    Closer is a great film. Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Clive Owen were amazing. Julia roberts was good too. The plot was smart and I have to say that it is a funny drama romantic film. It is not like all the american kind of these films. Closer is a masterpiece of its kind and i have to admit that I didn't expect it to be such a good film. The screenplay is smart and it has a "twist" which i liked a lot. Thumbs up! The actors should have won the Oscar 8,5/10 Expand
  5. May 25, 2013
    Based 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.
  6. Sep 1, 2012
    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.
  7. Aug 17, 2012
    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
  8. Jul 10, 2012
    One of the best movies about relationships i've ever seen. This movie is very real, raw, and intense. It makes you feel very strong emotions. You know a movie is special when it can do that. Great performances by all the actors, Natalie Portman especially stood out to me. She does a very real, mature, raw acting job which is phenomenal. Proves to the haters her acting is beyond their comprehension. Expand
  9. May 12, 2012
    Strange, 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%.
  10. ALF
    Sep 10, 2011
    What on earth was Morgenstern watching or was it the fact he had to be different to the generally favourable reviews. This is a film which as a man made me uncomfortable because the character played by Law was such a complete ass. But then none of the characters are what one would call loveable. I think this movie would be ideal for someone who was trying to decide whether they wanted to enter the damage zone which relationships open everyone up too. Anyone who makes a claim that the film characters do not exist is really very deluded. Where do you think divorce, adultery and the other unpleasant forms of betrayal come from? Some of it was very funny. In these "girl power" times I would recommend it to men and women equally because in this movie neither gender comes out too well. Expand
  11. Jul 6, 2011
    This 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. Expand
  12. Jun 26, 2011
    Really good movie! Remind me of Match Point. Natalie Portman is absolutely wonderful, but all the acting is amazing. The best point of this movie is that it's really unpredictable. Worth the view.
  13. Feb 21, 2011
    Sorry, machine translation. Thanks. The fig leaf and sex of Michelangelo's David Crowded sidewalk in a gray London afternoon of a cloudy and undated. And 'here, that the meeting between Alice, a stripper by profession and Dan, crime reporter, takes place. The song "The Blower's Daugheter" Danien of Rice and images, soft and caressing, we hand them over as they approach each other at a slow pace. People do not cover their eyes. Penetrating. Both hint at a smile. Exciting. Screech of brakes for a moment, and ... she is there, on the ground, motionless. Dan is approaching the race, fears the worst, but ... a smiling and reassuring "Hello, stranger" gave him the certainty of an important meeting that will forever change both their lives. Anna and Larry form the other pair disruptive. Professional photographer, her dermatologist him with a taste for hard chat. It is in one of the many "online chat" with short questions and short answers from erotic tall, Dan "knows" Larry. The doctor was immediately taken by the strong sensuality of a journalist who thinks a woman. E 'catharsis. Dan gives Larry, seduced by now, an appointment at the London Aquarium. Who will meet Larry? This meeting is expected that high erotic couples will create new dynamics in the sentimental? The film, for those who are vulgar, restores its centrality to human. The man just because a thinking being, is a dynamic element of the universe, despite the many contradictions that accompany it. Numerous works of art have been, over the centuries, censored, destroyed, ghettoized, declared it obscene. Michelangelo's David was hidden sex with a fig leaf to avoid the redness to Queen Victoria. Well done the cast, a superb interpretation of Clive Owen. "Good ciak!." Expand
  14. Nov 25, 2010
    one of the better movies ive seen and i watch it alot, cos it so real about relationships in todays age, love it everytime i see it, clive owne owned all the others in thsi film :)

Generally favorable reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 42
  2. Negative: 2 out of 42
  1. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    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.
  2. Determined to be faithful to the strong, often shocking language and in-your-face drama in Marber's mannered writing, Nichols and his actors find no way to lift Closer into a realm that enlightens.
  3. 88
    Mike Nichols' haunting, hypnotic Closer vibrates with eroticism, bruising laughs and dynamite performances from four attractive actors doing decidedly unattractive things.