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  • Summary: A bitingly funny and honest look at modern relationships, Closer is the story of four strangers -- their chance meetings, instant attractions and casual betrayals. (Sony Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 42
  2. Negative: 2 out of 42
  1. 100
    They are all so very articulate, which is refreshing in a time when literate and evocative speech has been devalued in the movies.
  2. 88
    From Marber's fiercely polished writing, Nichols wrings every drop of acid, yet it's a show of the director's goodness that a movie fundamentally preoccupied with interpersonal ugliness is allowed to end on a convincing note of beauty.
  3. 80
    Full of intellectual stimulation as well as low, dark pleasures--"Carnal Knowledge" redux!
  4. 70
    Overall, Owen and Law are more nuanced than Roberts and Portman, but Portman's dewy youth is 90 percent of Alice (the remaining 10 is an eleventh-hour twist), and Nichols uses the unkindly costumed Roberts so skillfully that her performance looks like a revelation.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    Offers a bleak though thought-provoking take on relationships. The challenge for the viewer is in caring enough to become invested in characters who seem hellbent on hurting one another.
  6. The actors are brilliant, the dialogue extremely clever, and the direction assured. But by the end I couldn't have cared less about any of the characters.
  7. Bring Zoloft and a tank of oxygen to Closer, an airless, ultimately joyless drama of sexual politics.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 92 out of 143
  2. Negative: 45 out of 143
  1. adant.
    Dec 17, 2005
    10
    One of the best movies I have ever seen.
  2. 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 mostone 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. Expand
  3. Sep 1, 2012
    10
    The acting was great and very believable. It has some amusing moments, and it was very heart-felt. The love square was artfully portrayed.The acting was great and very believable. It has some amusing moments, and it was very heart-felt. The love square was artfully portrayed. Overall an enjoyable film with great actors. Expand
  4. 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 toCloser is a great film. Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Clive Owen were amazing. Julia roberts was good too. The plot was smart and I have to say that it is a funny drama romantic film. It is not like all the american kind of these films. Closer is a masterpiece of its kind and i have to admit that I didn't expect it to be such a good film. The screenplay is smart and it has a "twist" which i liked a lot. Thumbs up! The actors should have won the Oscar 8,5/10 Expand
  5. May 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 justBeautifully 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 Expand
  6. danb.
    Aug 30, 2005
    7
    Natalie Portman is too attractive for anyone's good.
  7. JeffM
    Oct 14, 2005
    0
    Many there really are people who are cynical enough - or stupid enough - to find merit in a movie about four such self-destructive imbeciles. Many there really are people who are cynical enough - or stupid enough - to find merit in a movie about four such self-destructive imbeciles. The artsy types (such as many so-called movie critics) love to embrace the "honesty" of psychologic pathology. This moive has no shortage of that. Fact is, only people who derive some form of perverse joy in watching idiotic people engage in idiotic dialogue for idiotic reasons might find merit in this movie. The rest of us would do better to spend the money at McDonalds. Expand

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