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  1. Aug 28, 2014
    7
    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. 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 the direction is great. I give this movie 88%.
  3. Jul 9, 2013
    8
    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" whichCloser 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
  4. 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 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 onBased 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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  5. May 6, 2014
    7
    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
  6. Jul 10, 2012
    10
    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 theirOne 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
  7. Feb 21, 2011
    9
    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 slowSorry, 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
  8. ALF
    Sep 10, 2011
    8
    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 toWhat 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
  9. Jun 26, 2011
    9
    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.
  10. Nov 25, 2010
    10
    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 :)
  11. 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. Overall an enjoyable film with great actors.
  12. JuliaG.
    Jan 31, 2005
    10
    Margaret A.! The title of the mane song is "Come on closer" by Jem. It is realllllly coooool !!!
  13. SaraC.
    Feb 1, 2005
    10
    Wonderful film. Owen and Portman were simply flawless. The scenes between the characters were so brutally honest, you felt pain watching them. I mean a good kind of pain. One that left you awake and at the edge of your seat. It was like a talkie that felt like an action movie.
  14. MattM.
    Jun 3, 2005
    2
    This film is terrible. it's a classic example of bad filmaking sold and packaged to appear good. everyone who likes it either absolved their personal guilt of being able to connect with the idiotic characters or just thought they were watching a good movie but it tricked you. the way they showed time passing was good. that gets 2 points. the rest was worthless.
  15. JeffC.
    Aug 1, 2005
    6
    I am puzzled by the many summaries and reviews that use the word "funny" to describe this movie. It is a brutally honest and stark look at random behavior and consequences. Very good performances rescue the thin character development that kept the movie from being rivetting as opposed to curious.
  16. LucilleJ.
    Jan 20, 2005
    0
    A shallow, frivilous bore, and in the end you ask: "who cares?"
  17. VinceH.
    Jan 20, 2005
    8
    A truly excellent script by Patrick Marber fuels this film past any faults it may have into a different realm enitrely. Marber accomplishes what very few playwritghts who adapt their own work can do...he keeps the character-based chamber drama primitive, raw, and exciting without delving into melodramatic cliches or clumsiness. While this film doesn't reach the beautiful heights of A truly excellent script by Patrick Marber fuels this film past any faults it may have into a different realm enitrely. Marber accomplishes what very few playwritghts who adapt their own work can do...he keeps the character-based chamber drama primitive, raw, and exciting without delving into melodramatic cliches or clumsiness. While this film doesn't reach the beautiful heights of Mike Nichols' last film, "Angels of America", the greatest made-for-TV film ever made, it is still one of the better mainstream Hollywood movie of the year. The acting all around is magnificent, particularly from Clive Owen and surprisingly Julia Roberts, who seems to be getting lost in the shuffle (perhaps because it's been so long since she hasn't played herself) turns in one of her very best performances yet. Keeping the entire duration as a series of scenes between the 4 leads gives the film a certain purity of emotion and power that very few others this year could match. Highly recommended for those looking for well-crafted, literate drama. Expand
  18. AlexL.
    Jan 30, 2005
    0
    Awful, actually.
  19. JDS.
    Jan 3, 2005
    9
    Haunting and heartbreaking.
  20. ZachB.
    Jan 9, 2005
    0
    I went into the movie with fairly positive expectations. I walked out of the theater proclaiming that this was one of the three worst movies I have seen in my lifetime. I would agree with some of the other reviews that the acting was solid. However, the overall spirit of this movie is completely soul-crushing. This wretched film drains energy for two solid hours, as the viewer is I went into the movie with fairly positive expectations. I walked out of the theater proclaiming that this was one of the three worst movies I have seen in my lifetime. I would agree with some of the other reviews that the acting was solid. However, the overall spirit of this movie is completely soul-crushing. This wretched film drains energy for two solid hours, as the viewer is subjected to utterly distant people painstakingly draining each other's lives. This film feels like a two hour, knock-down drag out argument out with a loved one--ala the wretched "A Story of Us". I would recommend this movie to only those with the most cynical view of love and relationships. Someone reeling from a bitter recent breakup, for instance, might find comfort in watching the emotional torture of others. Everyone else would be advised to stay away or at least saw off a non-dominant limb for a lesser form of abuse. Expand
  21. Ashley
    Feb 19, 2005
    10
    The best movie I have seen in a very long time. Who knew Julia could really act? The direction is impecable and the soundtrack is also poignant. But the writer deserves the most kudos for being unafraid to unleash rhythmatic dialogue that cuts to the truth of the human mind. It is a fearless movie with fearless performances. Those that have failed to see that on this page, I can only The best movie I have seen in a very long time. Who knew Julia could really act? The direction is impecable and the soundtrack is also poignant. But the writer deserves the most kudos for being unafraid to unleash rhythmatic dialogue that cuts to the truth of the human mind. It is a fearless movie with fearless performances. Those that have failed to see that on this page, I can only assume, are afraid of their own love's fate or are completely dry in the creative department....because this is good cinema. Expand
  22. KaraL.
    Feb 4, 2005
    1
    It's been a long time since I've left a movie before it ended. Who talks like that? Obviously Hollywood believes that as long as they saturate a film with beautiful people and big names, the audience will respond. This film was total crap. Infidelity may not be new, but the way these people deal with it is completely unrealistic. What man goes to hug his wife after she tells him It's been a long time since I've left a movie before it ended. Who talks like that? Obviously Hollywood believes that as long as they saturate a film with beautiful people and big names, the audience will respond. This film was total crap. Infidelity may not be new, but the way these people deal with it is completely unrealistic. What man goes to hug his wife after she tells him all the explicit details of her extra marital affair. Who says, "Did you get dressed because you thought I was going to hit you"? To which J. Roberts responds "I've been hit before." What crap dialogue, and the acting was totally boring. The stripper girl got on my last nerve. The scenes in the strip club just got to be too much for me to take any longer. After watching this guy yell in the strip club about wanting love and truth, I just couldn't take it any longer. It's been a long time since I've seen anything so bad. The next time I see a film with nothing but big name stars, I know it's going to be horrible (case in point, "The Mexican"). Jude Law is everywhere. He will soon be another Ben Affleck, and J. Roberts has enough money. Surely, she can afford to turn down crap films like this one. Expand
  23. JessicaR.
    Mar 2, 2005
    0
    Nearly pornographic! disgusting!
  24. BethanyN
    Apr 2, 2005
    10
    This is easily one of the BEST films I have ever had the privelege to see. The acting was AMAZING. Natalie was the best I've ever seen her and Jude played his part well, too. Even Julia showed that she can do something with depth. I normally get bored when I try to watch movies, but I was completely glued to my TV. Natalie and Jude were REAL in their parts. I've never seen two This is easily one of the BEST films I have ever had the privelege to see. The acting was AMAZING. Natalie was the best I've ever seen her and Jude played his part well, too. Even Julia showed that she can do something with depth. I normally get bored when I try to watch movies, but I was completely glued to my TV. Natalie and Jude were REAL in their parts. I've never seen two actors have that kind of chemistry onscreen (Although-- The actors in 'Unfaithful' do come close) Those of you that said the dialogue and actions of the characters were unrealistic are wrong. Some people are more intense than others. I have been one of those "intense" people. I have witnessed the strange obsessions that some people can get into over eachother and it really isn't so far-fetched at all. People really DO say and do things like that. People that don't see the truth in this movie are clearly the kind of people who are too scared (or just not bright enough) to look inside themselves or to be honest about their motives or the motives of other people -- Anyway, my review is- This movie is fantastic-- If you're given to periods of some intense self-analysis, you will adore this movie... If you sit glued to reality TV and ESPN and rarely pick up a book- Don't bother- it will go straight over your head. Expand
  25. StupidS.
    May 9, 2005
    10
    I love jude law.
  26. BillH.
    Jun 3, 2005
    0
    I hate when people say that if you didn't like this film you are a prude, conservative or have never analysed self deeply. this film is for the people who have only touched the surface. there are people like these characters in the world but i only have met a few and they have been some of the worst and most uninteresting humans i have known and i can't say anything better for I hate when people say that if you didn't like this film you are a prude, conservative or have never analysed self deeply. this film is for the people who have only touched the surface. there are people like these characters in the world but i only have met a few and they have been some of the worst and most uninteresting humans i have known and i can't say anything better for these characters or the people who sympathise with them. Expand
  27. DanC.
    Jul 7, 2005
    1
    A wretched, wretched look at the worst of humanity that manages to be equal parts joylessness and superficiality, interspersed with a most banal and unconvincing exploration of sexual obsession. The actors are consistently betrayed by the material. It's not bad in the traditioanl sense of being poorly written, but it is wretched: a story about four people you couldn't stand to A wretched, wretched look at the worst of humanity that manages to be equal parts joylessness and superficiality, interspersed with a most banal and unconvincing exploration of sexual obsession. The actors are consistently betrayed by the material. It's not bad in the traditioanl sense of being poorly written, but it is wretched: a story about four people you couldn't stand to be around for five minutes without slapping them silly or running in the other direction. But boringly, predictably, they all have the same pathetic, unconvincing, basically psychopathic approach to love and sex. Human imperfection is a wonderful theme for film and can be entertaining, endearing, or movingly tragic when done well. It is none of those things here. This film is rubbish because the writer's work is rubbish, high-brow rubbish to be sure, but still worthy of nothing better than immediate relegation to the garbage dump. I hated every minute of this film. Not even worth seeing for the fine performances. Dissatisfying on virtually every level. No. No. No. Expand
  28. danb.
    Aug 30, 2005
    7
    Natalie Portman is too attractive for anyone's good.
  29. jeffb
    Dec 25, 2004
    8
    Very real relationship situations. The truth comes out.
  30. TomM.
    Dec 25, 2004
    0
    Hollywood never looks at their arts effect on younger people like the did when movies were truly wonderful. This story is so dark, so heavy on sexual themes, that a good, dark drama had to be sunk to a Porn flick. My wife and I along with another couple got our money back.
  31. mark
    Dec 6, 2004
    10
    Bravo! Funny, sad, raw, edgy, emotionally draining - totally compelling. Messy, life like. The cast is perfection, Julia Roberts and Clive Owen give Oscar worthy performances. Their breakup scene is best acted scene in a movie this year.
  32. DanaM.
    Dec 6, 2004
    2
    Can't say I've been more turned off by the actions of four adults in my life. Sexual perversion radiates in this movie with language to make a sailor blush. Julia Roberts was simply awful in her character portrayal. What these people found so interesting in each other is beyond me. Defintiely NOT a date movie. Avoid.
  33. TeeD.
    Dec 8, 2004
    6
    It was a tad bit too cynical for me, and I usually prefer 'realistic' movies to contrived happy endings. The characters all seemed to have strong feelings for each other, but you never saw anything positive between them to understand why. All the scenes seemed to be designed to have critics rave about how good the acting is, and there was little else to make me interested in It was a tad bit too cynical for me, and I usually prefer 'realistic' movies to contrived happy endings. The characters all seemed to have strong feelings for each other, but you never saw anything positive between them to understand why. All the scenes seemed to be designed to have critics rave about how good the acting is, and there was little else to make me interested in what was going on between these caricature-like characters. Expand
  34. EdK.
    Dec 9, 2004
    7
    It's hard to like these characters. film has a few funny moments.
  35. 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. 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 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
  36. EricL.
    Jan 10, 2005
    8
    A good movie, not great. The characters are so dark its hard to like any of them. See it if you the time.
  37. CraigW.
    Nov 7, 2005
    9
    Well written. Well crafted. Well acted. If you didn't like this movie, it is because you didn't understand it. Anybody expecting to see pretty woman deserves to be disappointed.
  38. DaniS
    Jan 23, 2005
    7
    I thought the film was okay. Its very dark, but all the same parts scream "real-life". people dont like realisim in films as most of the time life isnt great and things dont end up all happy and cheery. My friends hated it, but in my opinion its the kind of film that will always have split views. It is quite unique and that is also what gives it its spark.
  39. anneh
    Jan 24, 2005
    5
    Badly developed theme but carried out by excellent actors who manage to keep you interested.
  40. FerM.
    Jan 25, 2005
    9
    I never go to theaters, so this is like going for a time.
  41. ellag.
    Jan 29, 2005
    9
    Superb!
  42. ES
    Jan 8, 2005
    10
    One of the best movies of 04. Very real and touching.
  43. RachaelO
    Jan 9, 2005
    10
    One of the most sexually explicit movies ever, and it doesn't even contain any sex scenes. For that alone, it is totally awesome. Not to mention great performances from all the actors, especially Clive Owen. Even though his character is totally despicable, you still end up kind of rooting for him in the end. Awesome.
  44. DanaG
    Jan 9, 2005
    9
    Top notch film. Amazing cast, couldn't have been better. Natalie Portman was very believable in her role as Alice. Had to pay close attention to keep track of the plot at times. It was unlike any other movie about relationships. A great drama that keeps viewers intriuged until the last second.
  45. M
    Feb 11, 2005
    1
    An appaling film which all four stars should be embarrassed to put their name to. With no depth and a shocking script, the characters were instantly dislikeable and there was nothing to keep me interested. Unrealistic, filthy and quite honestly a waste of money.
  46. RajC.
    Feb 2, 2005
    1
    Waste of time and money!
  47. ReginaM
    Feb 2, 2005
    0
    It is true that life is cruel and that love most of the times is just a word. But, what a terrible way to express it, they lost the chance to express the real world. I WANT MY MONEY BACK!!!
  48. MarcS
    Feb 4, 2005
    0
    This movie was a train wreck. All 4 characters spend the whole movie engaging in duplicitous infidelities, while simultaneously shrieking that they must know the "truth" of each others' affairs, because the truth is all that matters. Huh? While some of the acting was good (Owens and Portman), Roberts and Law were barely passable. The characters were so despicable, I can't This movie was a train wreck. All 4 characters spend the whole movie engaging in duplicitous infidelities, while simultaneously shrieking that they must know the "truth" of each others' affairs, because the truth is all that matters. Huh? While some of the acting was good (Owens and Portman), Roberts and Law were barely passable. The characters were so despicable, I can't understand why anyone would care about them. My greatest regret is that I didn't drive myself, so I could have left early. Expand
  49. ClelioT.
    Feb 9, 2005
    10
    The best movie that i saw in many years. Sad and beautiful and Blower's Daughter is the song.
  50. dant.
    Mar 1, 2005
    5
    Natalya Portman was nominated and I though she was a phony who can't act. I have mixed feelings about the film. My wife asked me what the film was about. I said, "It is a film about bonking" She laughed. You don't see anyone get in the sack which is a rarity these days. The script was so fast paced. Iwent for a cup of teaa and they had already hitched up and were in bed with Natalya Portman was nominated and I though she was a phony who can't act. I have mixed feelings about the film. My wife asked me what the film was about. I said, "It is a film about bonking" She laughed. You don't see anyone get in the sack which is a rarity these days. The script was so fast paced. Iwent for a cup of teaa and they had already hitched up and were in bed with each other and then they were splitting up and getting ack to gether. It left me breathless. It is not dull there is a fast pace to the movie. Still I wondered about the script it was too condesned. Can anyone tell me what Natalya Portamns chacter was? Was she Julie or the other person. I left the theatre confused. What happened? She told Jue her name was Julia but at the end of the film he is llooking at a name on the wall. I don't get it. I thought the actors were miscast. Portaman should be playing teenager parts. Julia Robers was too old for her part. I though she was a Mother rather than a vixen women. Judd was out of his depth. The only real actor was the doctor he played his chacter well. Expand
  51. [Anonymous]
    Apr 16, 2005
    8
    There are some people in the movie buisness who feel that Jude Law is "doomed to a life of character acting". His honest, down-to-earth performances in this movie, as well as in Alfie, and Cold Mountain, which he got an Oscar nomination for should have been enough to silence the naysayers. Julia Roberts...she's...well just a film actress. And yet in Closer, she still manages to give There are some people in the movie buisness who feel that Jude Law is "doomed to a life of character acting". His honest, down-to-earth performances in this movie, as well as in Alfie, and Cold Mountain, which he got an Oscar nomination for should have been enough to silence the naysayers. Julia Roberts...she's...well just a film actress. And yet in Closer, she still manages to give a very believable performance. So believable that it almost makes me want to retract the statement I made about her just being a film actress. (Then I remember the Oceans movies.) Clive Oven and Natalie Portman are definetly going to be major stars in the following years, no question. Although the dialogue was well-written by critical standards, there was still a need for wittier dialogue. Patrick Marber (the screenwriter) could have had a little more empathy for these characters, so that we can believe that there is hope for these characters to become good people later in their lives. Then we don't have to walk out of the theater feeling slightly depressed. Overall, well-written screenplay, superb acting, good music soundtrack, gorgeous cineamatography and a supposed winning streak for director Mike Nichols. Expand
  52. LynnB.
    Apr 18, 2005
    2
    Very Boring, the film kept jumping forward a couple of months to a year. You could easily miss 20 minutes of the film and come back into it. Not really a point to the film, good for a snooze.
  53. G.M.D.K.
    Apr 9, 2005
    9
    The performances and the screenplay are oscar-worthy.
  54. mitchm.
    May 10, 2005
    8
    A film dripping with sexual content that has no nudity or bedroom scenes (well, we can't count the strip club stuff - that's in every flick these days). Brilliant. Take "Carnal Knowledge" and update it for the digital age. Riveting.
  55. RenataA.
    May 29, 2005
    9
    It is so truthful that it gets you absorded! It is funny, inteligent and realist in many ways! Nelson Rodrigues stile, just great!
  56. StacyD
    May 3, 2005
    3
    Overrated and somewhat boring! The caracters are pathetic!!!!
  57. JasonB.
    Jun 17, 2005
    8
    Closer to real life than probably a lot of people would like to admit.
  58. JoeL
    Aug 1, 2005
    9
    Tough picture to see, I can definitely see people hating this. The critics and moviegoers are absolutely right, it's VERY hard to sympathize with these characters, but I was surprised when I eventually did (to a degree). Not with Jude Law's character, who's a self-centered jerk. He does an excellent job, but his character is such a selfish prig, I swear, even when he's Tough picture to see, I can definitely see people hating this. The critics and moviegoers are absolutely right, it's VERY hard to sympathize with these characters, but I was surprised when I eventually did (to a degree). Not with Jude Law's character, who's a self-centered jerk. He does an excellent job, but his character is such a selfish prig, I swear, even when he's being nice, he's still being self-centered in some way - absolutely the worst guy here. Roberts does a fine job (kudos on her attempt to try something different), her character is so sad and pathetic, in retrospect, I think she was wallowing in self-pity, which is why she'd fall for Jude Law's character. At first, it's unbelievable how she'd let him into her life, but the reasons quickly sink in. No, the most sympathetic characters are surprisingly the two 'worst' ones, worst in the conventional, moral sense: the on-and-off stripper and the crass perv. Portman is EXCELLENT, I had no idea she could be this good after seeing her in those lame Star Wars movies. At times caustic and bitter, then euphoric, then completely falling apart, she's put through an emotional roller coaster and she pulls it off very well and very convincingly. Then there's Clive Owen: his character's a perv who's possibly a sex addict: he's blunt and nonchalant in talking about it in pornographic detail, he visits sex chat rooms, has no problem meeting strangers for sex and sleeping with whores...how can you possibly like the guy, right? Well, it's a miracle, because in the context of this picture, he's actually the most decent guy here. That probably sounds bad, but as it turns out, his crass and crude demeanor is a reflection of his honest, too. He doesn't lie, his affections for those close to him are real and deeply felt, and when he acts nice, he's genuinely sincere - no selfish motive or anything, he's genuinely sweet. If you really want to spell out his problem, it's that he refuses to hold back his emotions. If he feels animal lust, he lets it fly, but by the same token, he doesn't take his real relationships for granted either for the same reason. May be tough to watch, but approach it with an open mind. Expand
  59. MikeC
    Sep 6, 2005
    8
    An honest and compeliing, if perhaps somewhat contrived film, about male emotion when applied to relationships. The dialogue is tough, but real, and well written, as it not only conveys the emotions of the characters, but also show wit and intelligence. The characters all have flaws, and all become conniving and unlikable to some degree (maybe too much), and yet it all seems An honest and compeliing, if perhaps somewhat contrived film, about male emotion when applied to relationships. The dialogue is tough, but real, and well written, as it not only conveys the emotions of the characters, but also show wit and intelligence. The characters all have flaws, and all become conniving and unlikable to some degree (maybe too much), and yet it all seems understandable, though not always agreeable. All the actors perform well, though Natalie Portman and Jude Law were cast to their strengths, while Julia Roberts plays against character and does a fine job. Clive Owen, to me, provides the best performace. I wanted to like him and dislike at the same time. I liked his character's honesty, and disliked him for his brutal truth attitude toward sex and realtionships. Those who who fear frank discussions about sex and realtionships should skip it. Expand
  60. MaR.
    Dec 16, 2006
    3
    Pseudointellectual writing and great performances. Dialogue is mediocre and contrived. Not grounded in reality.
  61. TonyB.
    Feb 12, 2006
    2
    "Closer" is a very well-acted, well-directed and well-edited piece of junk. Unlikeable characters I can take; an unlikeable film is something else.
  62. SamG.
    Dec 1, 2004
    10
    One word amazing.
  63. JimR.
    Dec 13, 2004
    7
    There's no doubt this movie is powerful and leaves an impression. The first hour is brutal and honest. However, the last third turns stupid and cheap. It really is a shame.
  64. DougD.
    Dec 19, 2004
    8
    What no one seems to be mentioning, and this will help potential viewers make their decision of whether to see it or not, is that this movie is an adaptation of a play. Therefore, and it can be said, throughout the whole movie, only the 4 characters have speaking roles. Thats not an exaggeration, they are literally the only people who have a speaking role in the movie. So, if you like What no one seems to be mentioning, and this will help potential viewers make their decision of whether to see it or not, is that this movie is an adaptation of a play. Therefore, and it can be said, throughout the whole movie, only the 4 characters have speaking roles. Thats not an exaggeration, they are literally the only people who have a speaking role in the movie. So, if you like plays, and you love dialogue in your movies, theres a great chance you will like this movie because of its plot twists and emotional depiction of deception and love. It questions why we love, and has very true real life moments in it. Overall, since it is a play, the cast ultimately supports the movie, and they all do a fantastic job with the exception of Roberts, who plays her role well but doesn't exceed. Collapse
  65. LiamS.
    Dec 24, 2004
    9
    It surprises me that this movie evokes such negative reactions from reviewers. I thought this was a wonderful movie..cleverly acted, (in particular by Clive Owen and a Oscar-worthy performance by Natalie Portman), well written (barring a few minor plot irregularities), and was a viewing delight throughout. It is a rather depressing look at human nature, but that makes the film all that It surprises me that this movie evokes such negative reactions from reviewers. I thought this was a wonderful movie..cleverly acted, (in particular by Clive Owen and a Oscar-worthy performance by Natalie Portman), well written (barring a few minor plot irregularities), and was a viewing delight throughout. It is a rather depressing look at human nature, but that makes the film all that more engaging, and truly unique in the all too common "happy" Hollywood movies and sappy endings. To me, this film delivered what Sideways promised and never delivered....witty dialogue, clever interplay between characters, and depth of character development. A truly wonderful film, not to be missed. Expand
  66. BobB.
    Dec 2, 2004
    10
    Very good!
  67. CarolC.
    Dec 28, 2004
    3
    As viewers we look out for a little drama combined with other movie' elements. The movie revolves around four people who apparently don't even love themselves and their emotional treats are not fully developed ( not a love storie).
  68. TerryP.
    Dec 30, 2004
    0
    What a piece of crap. One of the few movies I've walked out of in the theater.
  69. SarahG.
    Dec 4, 2004
    10
    Intense and upsetting but wonderful, haunting.
  70. RobS
    Dec 4, 2004
    0
    I can't remember a movie I so disliked. Not only have I never met anyone as vacuous as the characters in this movie, I hope I never do. I found absolutely nothing entertaining or engaging about this film.
  71. MarionG.
    Dec 5, 2004
    10
    Tired of manipulative, cloying Hollywood films with their ever-so-predictable uplifting endings? Here's a nice break from all the cinematic Holiday hooha.
  72. Larry
    Dec 6, 2004
    0
    Cold as ice lowing through the characters veins as well as boring to watch. One of the most overrated movies of the year. Avoid.
  73. KyleC.
    Dec 6, 2004
    10
    the movie flows in and out of love and sorrow so flawlessly, the performances are riveting, especially a haunting roberts as the sad and solemn, anna. watch this. and be prepared to be shaken into loving it or hating it. depends on your intellect.
  74. MundusG
    Dec 7, 2004
    1
    But the movie doesn't say anything. It doesn't explain anything. Life has depth. This movie, though having a somewhat attempted guise of artistic value, does not, and I certainly don't believe that guise is enough to glaze over the completely vapid plot. It's not the first time Hollywood threw out a pessimistic and negative portrayal, so it's hardly new on that But the movie doesn't say anything. It doesn't explain anything. Life has depth. This movie, though having a somewhat attempted guise of artistic value, does not, and I certainly don't believe that guise is enough to glaze over the completely vapid plot. It's not the first time Hollywood threw out a pessimistic and negative portrayal, so it's hardly new on that front. It seems the higher ratings were so inundated by "edgy, realistic, negative drama" that they forgot to actually watch the movie. Expand
  75. EricF.
    Dec 7, 2004
    10
    Welcome to the real life. S..t happens and kudos for the film to show the other side of happiness. excellent film.
  76. SusanM.
    Dec 8, 2004
    3
    This move will very likely appeal to snobby movie critics and people who wants to get as far from mainstream movies as possible, but in the opinion of a regular person, it rates very low in entertinment value, it jumps ahead way to much, so you never feel a part of the experience, and the story never really goes anywhere. Plus none of the action happens on screen, they just talk about This move will very likely appeal to snobby movie critics and people who wants to get as far from mainstream movies as possible, but in the opinion of a regular person, it rates very low in entertinment value, it jumps ahead way to much, so you never feel a part of the experience, and the story never really goes anywhere. Plus none of the action happens on screen, they just talk about later! Boring. Pretentious. Unrealistic. The only reason it gets a 3 from me is because Clive Owen does a good acting job. Expand
  77. JeffI
    Oct 14, 2005
    0
    Nothing is more pathetic than cinema and amateur critics who rave over a movie's "honesty" just because the characters portrayed within it are psychological and spiritually corrupt. Sad commentary. Unless you're 1000% cynical (or terminally stupid) avoid this movie at all costs.
  78. NancyE.
    Jan 18, 2005
    1
    This movie was horrible --- who wants to pay money to see this crap. No redeeming qualities at all. It's very jaded and bleak.
  79. CameoB.
    Oct 18, 2005
    9
    I adore it I hated it the first time because I was slightly disturbed......at its honesty I suppose. Here is the thing it is honest truthful of breaking down people.....are all people cheaters and decievers? NO but everyone keeps some kind of secrets and has weaknesses and some let go of inabitions and some live by them until the day they die. but in the end is anyone really happy with I adore it I hated it the first time because I was slightly disturbed......at its honesty I suppose. Here is the thing it is honest truthful of breaking down people.....are all people cheaters and decievers? NO but everyone keeps some kind of secrets and has weaknesses and some let go of inabitions and some live by them until the day they die. but in the end is anyone really happy with the life they have? or what they have? There are a very few who can say yes. the majority say they are unhappy. The acting was brilliant and the plot was fantastic. Anyone who gives a low rating (no offense) but they probably treat life as a fairy tale this shows just a little piece of people inside and out.(Again dont take offence(I am dating a person who acts as life is a fairy tale) :O) Expand
  80. MariaJ.
    Jan 24, 2005
    10
    It was the best film i have ever seen. so dramatical and sad but interesting. how people can destroy their lives without knowing what they want.
  81. MargaretA.
    Jan 24, 2005
    9
    This was a really great movie. The music was absolutely tremendous. Jude Law & Co were outstanding. Could someone please tell me the name of the song played throughout the film.
  82. VictoriaS.
    Jan 27, 2005
    3
    Plays like a film version of the old Calvin Klein Obsession commercials. Just a lot of empty declaiming to no purpose whatsoever, which may indicate a failure to adapt what might have played well (or, at any rate, somewhat better) on stage. The characters, with one exception, are absolutely vile -- and not (I hope) remotely true to life. Particularly strange was all the going on about Plays like a film version of the old Calvin Klein Obsession commercials. Just a lot of empty declaiming to no purpose whatsoever, which may indicate a failure to adapt what might have played well (or, at any rate, somewhat better) on stage. The characters, with one exception, are absolutely vile -- and not (I hope) remotely true to life. Particularly strange was all the going on about loving one another when nothing remotely loving was evident. This was a particularly dreadful example of a film trying desperately to seem cutting edge and mature while ending up laughable and absurd. Natalie Portman's lap dance monologue (a wonderful gift to an actor) was beautifully done, however. Expand
  83. AnnaB.
    Jan 29, 2005
    10
    This movie is fabulous, a fabulousness no other movie can embody. It is great because shows life how it is ; the way people are too scared to admit.
  84. VictorB
    Jan 29, 2005
    1
    Easily one of the worst movies i have ever seen! This was like watching a car wreck or watching an infant dying-and just as sad. Good actors (with the exception of the talentless Clive Owen) tell a dreadful story here with no redeeming qualities. I felt dirty afterwards.
  85. WendyB.
    Oct 3, 2005
    8
    Rather sad - but honest.
  86. JayW.
    Jan 5, 2005
    1
    A tedious slog with four emotionally crippled people, it shows the depths to which they descend without itself ever having any depth. I wanted those two hours of my life back.
  87. Lizbeth
    Jan 8, 2005
    5
    An intriguing movie--very difficult to watch.
  88. MarkB.
    Feb 15, 2005
    7
    A key early sign that the four adulterous antiheroes (Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Clive Owen) of Mike Nichols' adaptation of Patrick Marber's play will, ten times out of ten, place immediate emotional or sexual gratification above loyalty, fidelity or common decency is the fact that three of them are fighting addictions to tobacco and the fourth is hooked on A key early sign that the four adulterous antiheroes (Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Clive Owen) of Mike Nichols' adaptation of Patrick Marber's play will, ten times out of ten, place immediate emotional or sexual gratification above loyalty, fidelity or common decency is the fact that three of them are fighting addictions to tobacco and the fourth is hooked on sweets. Despite the characters' almost nonstop despicable behavior, I wasn't at all disturbed or offended as some posters were, but could enjoy the film as a pleasurably nasty bitchfest, a millenial All About Eve with no Celeste Holm to provide requisite counterbalancing examples of positive behavior. Julia Roberts, perhaps because she IS Julia Roberts, wasn't quite believable as a sexual manipulator; Jude Law is effective as the weasel that many so-called "nice guys" reveal themselves to be (or maybe I'm just responding to my extreme antipathy for most of the rest of Law's voluminous 2004 movie output). However, the Academy got its two acting nominations right. Natalie Portman provides the film's very few moments of sweetness, innocence and vulnerability, and Clive Owen, here as in Croupier and Beyond Borders, is remarkable in his ability to communicate deep emotional reserves without the slightest hint of sentimentality; if it was possible for me to have a "rooting interest" in anybody in the film, it was Owen. (Here's another vote to sign Owen up as the next James Bond, and quick!) Ultimately, my ability to look at this as "only a movie" turns out to be Closer's biggest liability as well as an arguable asset. As much as I dislike much of Neil LaBute's work (and the view of humanity that informs it) he occasionally comes up with characters such as Matt Molloy's wimpy white collar worker from In The Company Of Men and Paul Rudd's too easily transformed college student in The Shape of Things, that cause me to take an uncomfortable look at some of my own behavior. (For that matter, Nichols himself did the same in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? almost four decades ago, and in Carnal Knowledge just a little later.) His deliberately stagy structure, which isn't shy about calling attention to itself, and in which subsidiary characters are reduced not merely to props but to scenery, combined with the fact that these people make more in a month than most of the viewing audience (yep, me included) does in a year, distances me from them, so that I'm not seeing myself in them but viewing them like fish in the giant aquarium that figures in a key scene. Maybe they shouldn't have named this Closer, but rather Farther Away. Expand
  89. RJSamson
    Feb 25, 2005
    8
    Closer is as close as you can get on modern relationships. Very honest, sincere, captivating and a revelation of the essence of commitment. Highly recommended to those who have been hurt and to those who think first before they get into a relationship.
  90. NAXOS.A.
    Mar 14, 2005
    10
    I love this film! I love Natalie Portman!
  91. jaimei.
    Mar 17, 2005
    10
    Great and honest movie, great prerformance of the actors. A portrait of real life.
  92. TrishB
    Mar 25, 2005
    10
    My favorite film of 2004, brilliantly written, acted and directed.
  93. chesterd
    Apr 3, 2005
    2
    Everyone looks great, but the ponderous pacing, humorles dialogue, and earnest acting sink it.
  94. Bobby
    May 2, 2005
    3
    Huge disappointment! With such good actors I was expecting something enjoyable but this definitly was not it! It was weird and just not worth while!
  95. PatC.
    May 23, 2005
    5
    This show appears worth another look, and Julia Roberts continues to develop her depth aas an actress, so I'll catch it again sometime, but as an expose' about characters unable to transcend their rampant hormones I found it predominantly vulgar and uninspiring.
  96. JoshW
    May 7, 2005
    8
    Its no where near as good as The Graduate but its still a powerful movie. Julia Roberts was out of sorts though, and it just looked like everyone else in the movie was acting circles around her. The very end also seemed irrelevant in as much as it took away from the scene prior to it, which would have made a more powerful ending. I just felt like the last scene ws trying too hard to Its no where near as good as The Graduate but its still a powerful movie. Julia Roberts was out of sorts though, and it just looked like everyone else in the movie was acting circles around her. The very end also seemed irrelevant in as much as it took away from the scene prior to it, which would have made a more powerful ending. I just felt like the last scene ws trying too hard to expand on what was already a brilliant film. Expand
  97. HioL.
    May 7, 2005
    10
    Perfect. It was so cool. So much fun... enough for the whole family!
  98. AliC
    Jul 11, 2005
    1
    I can't give this film zero, because I couldn't make it to the end. Still I can't see it redeeming itself by more than one point over the remaining 40 minutes. The opening titles are promising because of the choice of Damien Rice for the soundtrack (ok he's a bit populist, but if you don't like him a little bit, you don't like music). After that it's I can't give this film zero, because I couldn't make it to the end. Still I can't see it redeeming itself by more than one point over the remaining 40 minutes. The opening titles are promising because of the choice of Damien Rice for the soundtrack (ok he's a bit populist, but if you don't like him a little bit, you don't like music). After that it's utterly pointless. This film utterly lacks humanity. Worse, the superstar performers are unable to whisk up even the tiniest bit of chemistry between their pampered selves. Why do we persist on paying these prima donnas. Expand
  99. WilliamW.
    Aug 17, 2005
    10
    The best movie of the year. I was apprehensive about seeing this movie because I had read that the characters are so "unlikable." I expected some dark, grim exploration of the meaninglessness of human relations. Instead, I saw one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. People who hate this film are simply incapable of admitting that "love" (whatever that means) is just a power The best movie of the year. I was apprehensive about seeing this movie because I had read that the characters are so "unlikable." I expected some dark, grim exploration of the meaninglessness of human relations. Instead, I saw one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. People who hate this film are simply incapable of admitting that "love" (whatever that means) is just a power struggle. Self-awareness, sharing, being in touch with your emotions, therapeutic values: this movie shows that they haven't changed the way people behave--they have only become weapons in the arsenal in the struggle for emotional and sexual dominance. The film is funny because anyone honest enough knows they would do the same things if they were as good-looking and charming as Jude Law or Natalie Portman. People who don't get it are Puritans and should be burned. Expand
  100. AlexK.
    Aug 27, 2005
    9
    The best film i've ever seen.
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. 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.
  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.