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  1. JuliaG.
    Jan 31, 2005
    10
    Margaret A.! The title of the mane song is "Come on closer" by Jem. It is realllllly coooool !!!
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. StupidS.
    May 9, 2005
    10
    I love jude law.
  6. 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.
  7. ES
    Jan 8, 2005
    10
    One of the best movies of 04. Very real and touching.
  8. 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.
  9. ClelioT.
    Feb 9, 2005
    10
    The best movie that i saw in many years. Sad and beautiful and Blower's Daughter is the song.
  10. SamG.
    Dec 1, 2004
    10
    One word amazing.
  11. BobB.
    Dec 2, 2004
    10
    Very good!
  12. SarahG.
    Dec 4, 2004
    10
    Intense and upsetting but wonderful, haunting.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. NAXOS.A.
    Mar 14, 2005
    10
    I love this film! I love Natalie Portman!
  19. jaimei.
    Mar 17, 2005
    10
    Great and honest movie, great prerformance of the actors. A portrait of real life.
  20. TrishB
    Mar 25, 2005
    10
    My favorite film of 2004, brilliantly written, acted and directed.
  21. HioL.
    May 7, 2005
    10
    Perfect. It was so cool. So much fun... enough for the whole family!
  22. 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. Collapse
  23. LoicS.
    Apr 26, 2006
    10
    I just had to react to some of the coments left here. First time I do, but I think this movie is worth it. Some people here have obviously never seen a bad movie and should go to the cinema more before they drop comments. calling this movie " the worst [they] have ever seen" is either admitting they have very little to compare to or conceiding they were shocked/felt insulted by the movie I just had to react to some of the coments left here. First time I do, but I think this movie is worth it. Some people here have obviously never seen a bad movie and should go to the cinema more before they drop comments. calling this movie " the worst [they] have ever seen" is either admitting they have very little to compare to or conceiding they were shocked/felt insulted by the movie (which in itself doesn't mean the movie is bad). Some may never have lived such situations or felt such feelings, and/or find them to be the expression of a pervers nature. This just isn't a movie on the way human beings sometimes cooperate to make a better world. Deal with it. As for the dialogue's they may not be realistic when removed from the scenes to which they belong, but who cares ? cinema isn't about writing everyday life exactly like it is, it's about giving the illusion of everyday life. If you watch this movie with an open mind, you'll get sucked in. If you're just waiting for an occasion to rate julia roberts acting, or if you came because the big names printed on the big posters reminded you of sweet love stories (be it in a galaxy far far away or in a nearby brothel), go chat on the forums, write to your favourite magazine, yell out your anger, but don't give this film a 0, your deception has nothing to do with its value. Every word, every sentence, especially in the breaking-up/fighting scenes came when and how I wanted them to come. Maybe noone in real life would be so crude (and I honestly don't see why not) but we've all deeply wanted to ! (I actually came to admire Clive Owen's character for his raw honesty) And since when do the characters have to be likeable to make a good film ? You may hate these people after seing the movie... but how is that bad ? you've felt strongly against them : this movie has brought you strong feelings ! Now you know who you definetly are not (although I dare think that whoever says he/she is not even a little bit concerned is either a liar or has lived his/her entire life in a box, alone). Now to the "honest but shallow/hollow exploration of the human nature". I am French and have lived in France many years. I was culturally brought up by french cinema and I therefore know what a hollow movie on human nature is, I have seen many failed attempts, (Just think that only the "good" ones make it abroad, and even they have a hard time), watched everlasting minutes of raw rape scenes, bared crying men on stools in empty rooms for half an hour, and heard endless, pointlessly intellectualized dialogs. This is not one of them, this movie goes to the point and it gets there fast. Sure, it doesn't explore every aspect of the characters' lives but that just makes it more universal. Most people agreed on the fantastic acting (Owen, Law, Portman AND Roberts) and the beautiful score, so I'll just skip that. Actually I'll stop here all together, I'm growing tired of English grammar and I've made my point. Closer is a great movie. Period. Expand
  24. DarrenR
    Mar 1, 2007
    10
    This is a film so complex and clever that it is bound to go over the heads of most of the viewing audience. Every word that is spoken has a double meaning to it, and if viewed with the understanding of this ironic level, the experience is far richer.
  25. YuH.
    Dec 2, 2004
    10
    One of the best movies of the year and in my opinion, the best acted one.
  26. MarlonV.
    Dec 24, 2004
    10
    There's a subtle, darkly urban gothic eroticism that devours the viewer upon seeing the first scene. the sense of doomed romanticism is palpable. stylishly jagged dialogue and riveting performances swell in certain scenes (larry/anna break up, larry/alice lap dance). and one outstanding performance by a certain julia roberts. there's a rousing sadness behind her eyes, and There's a subtle, darkly urban gothic eroticism that devours the viewer upon seeing the first scene. the sense of doomed romanticism is palpable. stylishly jagged dialogue and riveting performances swell in certain scenes (larry/anna break up, larry/alice lap dance). and one outstanding performance by a certain julia roberts. there's a rousing sadness behind her eyes, and it's a shrewdly subdued performance, as if she could fade into her own heartbreak any minute. hers is one of the most under rated performances of the year. one that will not be awarded by an award just for the sheer invisible value in it. Expand
  27. EmmaD.
    Dec 31, 2004
    10
    Julia rules in this movie best acting ever.
  28. Josh
    Dec 6, 2004
    10
    Just because the movie is real doesn't mean its bad. This is possibily the most true to life movie I've ever seen. It seems to only have 0-1 or 8-10, with no ratings in between; that should tell you something.
  29. ChuckS.
    Dec 9, 2004
    10
    Outstanding. Real. Anyone wanting happy endings or 'everything explained' should stick to Disney. This is what real life is like. Deal with it.
  30. ColbyC.
    Jun 29, 2005
    10
    This is proof that a movie doesn't need to make you feel good to be effect. Its purpose is to make you loathe these people, and hope that you don't become like them. It exposes their weaknesses (smoking as a metaphor here). Films this powerful are very rare, and performances like Clive Owen's do not come often, and should be embraced and praised when they do. My favorite This is proof that a movie doesn't need to make you feel good to be effect. Its purpose is to make you loathe these people, and hope that you don't become like them. It exposes their weaknesses (smoking as a metaphor here). Films this powerful are very rare, and performances like Clive Owen's do not come often, and should be embraced and praised when they do. My favorite film of last year. Expand
  31. 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!
  32. adant.
    Dec 17, 2005
    10
    One of the best movies I have ever seen.
  33. 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 :)
  34. 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 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 ofThis 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
  35. 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
  36. 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.
  37. Apr 29, 2015
    10
    one of the best movies I've seen, visually stunning and great acting.Portmans performance was brilliant, and because she played the most interesting character. Roberts character was also interesting and she played her self well in this role.
  38. JDS.
    Jan 3, 2005
    9
    Haunting and heartbreaking.
  39. 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.
  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. 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.
  43. G.M.D.K.
    Apr 9, 2005
    9
    The performances and the screenplay are oscar-worthy.
  44. 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!
  45. 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
  46. 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
  47. 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
  48. 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.
  49. AlexK.
    Aug 27, 2005
    9
    The best film i've ever seen.
  50. ClaudiaG.
    Dec 2, 2004
    9
    This film is beautifully made, the acting is superb - mike nichols is flawless.
  51. RoyR.
    Dec 25, 2004
    9
    Unsettling, troubling cinema. it reminds of the conversational pieces of woody allen, only more abrasive and neil labute's emotional monsters, only more romanticized. three wonderful performances and one absolute standout. julia roberts gives a shrewdly subdued, complex performance, chilly and painfully sad. it's the most under rated performance of the year.
  52. EricM
    Dec 14, 2005
    9
    I can understand where moviegoers looking for an escape may be turned off by this movie. However, for those of us whether we are sentimentalists, cynics, heartbreakers or heartbroken this movie speaks to you. In an age where knowing people exists via chatrooms and notions of true love are scoffed at by those who have actually loved, this movie encapsulates what many of us go through. For I can understand where moviegoers looking for an escape may be turned off by this movie. However, for those of us whether we are sentimentalists, cynics, heartbreakers or heartbroken this movie speaks to you. In an age where knowing people exists via chatrooms and notions of true love are scoffed at by those who have actually loved, this movie encapsulates what many of us go through. For those who have loved, who cant love, or who want to.....check this out. Expand
  53. MistyS.
    Feb 16, 2005
    9
    Emotionally charging, out of breath, depressing sort of a film. Natalie Portman and Clive Owen's best work to date (and Croupier). Only quirk is that there are a few actors that would have fit Anna's (Roberts) part better.
  54. MichaelH.
    Feb 28, 2005
    9
    I fail to see why this movie has engendered such controversy among reviewers here...so what if the characters are not likeable? The acting is great, Julia Roberts is really not bad at all and great to look at, the other actors do a terrific job, the dialogue is mostly very fresh and refreshing, the plot is difficult to predict yet is not just an intellectual game... Not a perfect movie, I fail to see why this movie has engendered such controversy among reviewers here...so what if the characters are not likeable? The acting is great, Julia Roberts is really not bad at all and great to look at, the other actors do a terrific job, the dialogue is mostly very fresh and refreshing, the plot is difficult to predict yet is not just an intellectual game... Not a perfect movie, maybe not a masterpiece but a very engaging piece of work. Are we, I assume, Americans, so puritanical even in the "liberal" precincts of the art movie going public, that we cannot stand to look at the uglier side of life even if it is draped in such visual beauty? Expand
  55. MichaelS
    Apr 28, 2005
    9
    Unusual and unexpected...I enjoyed it completely...I find it hard to believe some found it "pornographic"... Certainly not for the kiddies, but pornographic??? Lighten up, ya prudes!!! Great film.
  56. BrentU.
    Mar 25, 2006
    9
    This is definitely a movie that will be either loved or hated. The acting is really outstanding, not hollywood cliche, but powerful and gritty with so much substance that it is easy to relate to each character as they develop through the film. The story contains an overwhelming amount of raw emotion and honesty, and unfortunately I think this turns alot of viewers away, but the reality of This is definitely a movie that will be either loved or hated. The acting is really outstanding, not hollywood cliche, but powerful and gritty with so much substance that it is easy to relate to each character as they develop through the film. The story contains an overwhelming amount of raw emotion and honesty, and unfortunately I think this turns alot of viewers away, but the reality of the story is what I really appreciate about this film. If you have ever known love and heartache, this is a must see. Expand
  57. 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
  58. 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.
  59. 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%.
  60. 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
  61. jeffb
    Dec 25, 2004
    8
    Very real relationship situations. The truth comes out.
  62. 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.
  63. [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
  64. 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.
  65. JasonB.
    Jun 17, 2005
    8
    Closer to real life than probably a lot of people would like to admit.
  66. 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
  67. 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. Expand
  68. WendyB.
    Oct 3, 2005
    8
    Rather sad - but honest.
  69. 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.
  70. 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
  71. GregW
    Dec 3, 2004
    8
    Searing, vicious and none too nice. But refreshing that things aren't as easily resolved with one conversation, or with one discretion. Performances are all excellent here, with Owen a real standout as the creepiest guy you'll ever sympathize with in the movies.
  72. ClintM
    Dec 6, 2004
    8
    This is definitely a *love it or hate it* movie. Personally, I loved it. The main reason being that I love to see those *Oscar-Watch* performances/movies that have potential for gold! And I wasn't let down at all by the refreshing turns by any of the four main characters. Clive Owen IS the standout as the reviews have mentioned. But that's not to discredit any of the other This is definitely a *love it or hate it* movie. Personally, I loved it. The main reason being that I love to see those *Oscar-Watch* performances/movies that have potential for gold! And I wasn't let down at all by the refreshing turns by any of the four main characters. Clive Owen IS the standout as the reviews have mentioned. But that's not to discredit any of the other three. The only thing I can say negative is that the way the story is told is very *jumpy*; it moves from present time to past memories to future relationships. So if you're not too quick or bright you may have a little challenge keeping on top. But truly the actors and the story were real and alive. And I expect to CLOSER to see some form of Gold next year! Expand
  73. MiaG.
    Jan 23, 2005
    8
    One of the most painful films to sit through. You cannot really identify with a character as they're all so cold. You can't cry. Instead you end up with this heavy weight in your chest for the rest of the day.
  74. MackeJ
    Feb 16, 2005
    8
    Excellent film that gets better and better even after the cinema closes for the night and you get more time to think it through. A terrible exhibition of human behavior only because it is so true. The scenes in the end brings it up from a weak 8 almost to a 9.
  75. 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
  76. 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
  77. Jun 25, 2014
    8
    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.
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  78. danb.
    Aug 30, 2005
    7
    Natalie Portman is too attractive for anyone's good.
  79. EdK.
    Dec 9, 2004
    7
    It's hard to like these characters. film has a few funny moments.
  80. 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.
  81. 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.
  82. 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
  83. MayerB.
    Dec 25, 2004
    7
    The burden of the cast is tremendous. they have to incite feeling without having sustained history, but the skillfull actors play their parts really well. clive owen is savagely sexy, chewing the scenery almost everytime, jude law once again proves that he's a good actor, giving his character a childish edge. but the women really bring it. natalie portman sizzles in her first adult The burden of the cast is tremendous. they have to incite feeling without having sustained history, but the skillfull actors play their parts really well. clive owen is savagely sexy, chewing the scenery almost everytime, jude law once again proves that he's a good actor, giving his character a childish edge. but the women really bring it. natalie portman sizzles in her first adult role, bringing a charmed sexuality to alice. and julia roberts in her best performance ever. formless, sad and ravishingly damaged, her anna is a creation of perfect pain. Expand
  84. BarbieL.
    May 22, 2006
    7
    Problematically, Closer feels exactly like a play. Then in the credits I had my suspicions confirmed. The 4-person cast, ostentatious time lapses,and perpetually heady dialogue make a great play but a mediocre film. If only those like the paralleled opening and closing sequences occured more frequently, Closer could truely be called a film.
  85. Abbyl
    Jun 28, 2007
    7
    Closer was a surprising twist on love. Those who claim it is 'the worst' movie they have ever seen, have obviously never viewed the movies Norbit and Epic Movie. The characters were involved, the only disappointing part was that this movie was borderline pornography, not in the visual sense.
  86. 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.
  87. 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. This movie is stated about the honesty
  88. 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
  89. 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.
  90. 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
  91. ChadS.
    Dec 19, 2004
    6
    "Closer" gets off to a very strong start; kinda like "Before Sunset" with engaging dialogue. Jude Law and Natalie Portman have more chemistry than any movie couple we've seen all year. But "Closer" is about adultery, and seems to be, wait, let me google: Nichols, Pinter, "Betrayal", "Closer"; yes, it's similar to Harold Pinter's "Betrayal". Too bad, because a great "Closer" gets off to a very strong start; kinda like "Before Sunset" with engaging dialogue. Jude Law and Natalie Portman have more chemistry than any movie couple we've seen all year. But "Closer" is about adultery, and seems to be, wait, let me google: Nichols, Pinter, "Betrayal", "Closer"; yes, it's similar to Harold Pinter's "Betrayal". Too bad, because a great romantic-comedy could've been built around Law and Portman. It becomes an endurance test, as scene after scene gives us people behaving badly, talking dirty, and acting as if they're in a movie based on a play. Expand
  92. billym.
    Apr 23, 2005
    6
    This movie would be a prime time movie to pick up chicks with, but is really somewhat boring if there are no chicks around. Now, please be aware that you should be prepared to see some extremely hot shots of Natalie Portman as a stripper, and I would personally say that this would be worth the price of a rental. Clive Owen is awesome, and Portman is also quite entertaining, though Jude This movie would be a prime time movie to pick up chicks with, but is really somewhat boring if there are no chicks around. Now, please be aware that you should be prepared to see some extremely hot shots of Natalie Portman as a stripper, and I would personally say that this would be worth the price of a rental. Clive Owen is awesome, and Portman is also quite entertaining, though Jude and Julia aren't the worst. Also there is a cool Simths song, How Soon Is Now? somewhere alonh the line as well. Expand
  93. anneh
    Jan 24, 2005
    5
    Badly developed theme but carried out by excellent actors who manage to keep you interested.
  94. 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
  95. Lizbeth
    Jan 8, 2005
    5
    An intriguing movie--very difficult to watch.
  96. 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.
  97. Rick
    Dec 6, 2004
    5
    Slooooooooooooow going. You feel guilty finding it boring until you finally realize that it IS boring. Everyone is quite attractive and seems to take it all very seriously though so it is relatively painless. Don't go short of sleep though or you might not make it.
  98. 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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  99. StacyD
    May 3, 2005
    3
    Overrated and somewhat boring! The caracters are pathetic!!!!
  100. MaR.
    Dec 16, 2006
    3
    Pseudointellectual writing and great performances. Dialogue is mediocre and contrived. Not grounded in reality.
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.