Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  1. Eyes Wide Shut still towers above most of the movies out there, immersing the viewer in a web of emotional complexity, at once raw and personal and, at times, theatrically overcooked.
  2. A spellbinder: provocatively conceived, gorgeously shot and masterfully executed.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    100
    A precisely modulated and mostly mesmerizing 2¾-hour suspense movie, in part because it's one of the most bravely disturbing screen works ever attempted about thoughts withheld by even the most devoted marriage partners and the ramifications of voicing them.
  4. 100
    Above all a masterpiece of sustained tone, a tightrope act that pays off in rich and unexpected ways.
  5. 100
    As the late Stanley Kubrick's swansong, it fills the bill magnificently.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    90
    It's Kubrick, for sure, and in often mesmerizing form.
  7. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    90
    A movie with the power and quality of dreams, where reality merges into symbolism and oddly juxtaposed elements crystallize into a single, electrifying whole.
  8. Kubrick left one more brilliantly provocative tour de force as his epitaph.
  9. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    90
    A riveting, thematically probing, richly atmospheric and just occasionally troublesome work, a deeply inquisitive consideration of the extent of trust and mutual knowledge possible between a man and a woman.
  10. 88
    The reconciliation at the end of the film is the one scene that doesn't work; a film that intrigues us because of its loose ends shouldn't try to tidy up.
  11. 88
    In terms of power and effect, Eyes Wide Shut approaches (but does not surpass) Kubrick's vintage work - it is thought-provoking and unsettling.
  12. 80
    While both the novel and the film are weighted in favor of Bill's (Cruise) character, it's Kidman who gives the film's standout performance.
  13. Makes its strongest impression not with dialogue but with virtuoso visual work…. when you work with Kubrick, it's always the director, never the actors, who is the real star. That can lead a film up or down or, as it does here, in both directions at the same time. [16 July 1999, Calendar, p.F-1]
  14. Reviewed by: Jack Kroll
    80
    If some nagging sense of anachronism, a bit too much Freudian Vienna in his postmodern New York, prevents Eyes Wide Shut from being at the top of his list, Kubrick's 13th and last film is his most humane.
  15. It's painstakingly paced, but it's also entrancing.
  16. This is a remarkably gripping, suggestive, and inventive piece of storytelling that, like Kubrick's other work, is likely to grow in mystery and intensity over time.
  17. 78
    These scenes of debauchery and lust that make up the film's centerpiece are among some of the most powerful and disturbing ever put to film.
  18. Brilliantly filmed in his usual transfixing style, Kubrick's last movie pleads for alertness to the temptations that assail human nature from within and without.
  19. Ultimately, Eyes Wide Shut doesn't rank among Kubrick's best work.
  20. Totally absorbing even when it, too, strays.
  21. Whatever it is, it's totally Kubrickian: Its scenes have both an edge and an extraordinary visual perfection that could come from no other filmmaker.
  22. It's a mind-blowing game, and all that nonsense about this being an erotic thriller was merely part of Kubrick's game.
  23. Reviewed by: Rod Dreher
    63
    It's shocking only in its banality, impotence and utter lack of heat.
  24. Works more as an object of pop curiosity than as a work of popular entertainment.
  25. 60
    It's good -- when it's not adrift in an absence of meaning.
  26. Eyes Wide Shut is Stanley Kubrick's Hindenberg.
  27. The director's famously over-deliberate, pause-laden style verges, for the first time, on amateurville, and that gives us too much time to linger on the movie's more bizarre details.
  28. Reviewed by: Hal Hinson
    50
    It is, as his films usually are, dense, complex, and challenging. It is also, sad to say, ponderous, often inscrutable, and ultimately not much fun.
  29. 40
    Feels like a rough draft at best.
  30. 30
    A laughable disaster: an agonizingly long, perversely dull, childishly conceived fantasia on marital sexual angst that could only have been made by someone (like Kubrick).
  31. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    30
    A somnolent load of wank.
  32. 20
    Kubrick's much-anticipated final film boils down to the most elaborate monogamy lecture ever.
  33. It's empty of ideas, which is fine, but it's also empty of heat.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 138 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
  1. Aug 27, 2010
    10
    "Eyes Wide Shut" is one of those movies that reaffirms the study of film - it's a masterpiece that gets better with every viewing; if you"Eyes Wide Shut" is one of those movies that reaffirms the study of film - it's a masterpiece that gets better with every viewing; if you didn't like it the first time, watch it again and you're bound to find something new. Full Review »
  2. Dec 29, 2012
    8
    Pretty awesome if you examine it closely. But sucks if you just take it at face value. Like Shakespeare in that way.

    I just watched it
    Pretty awesome if you examine it closely. But sucks if you just take it at face value. Like Shakespeare in that way.

    I just watched it again, and read Introducing Sociology
    A Review of Eyes Wide Shut
    by Tim Kreider It's such a great review of the movie's reviews (and it's free and online, though originally from "Film Quarterly".) I just had to come here and, I see, finally (over 2 years after joining) post my first review in order to mention it - it's such a great read-perhaps better than the movie itself.

    It's pretty awesome to see how a thorough analysis makes such a mockery of the run-of-the-mill reviewer's reviews - those from the New York times and Washington Post.

    The movie is chock full of masterful iconography. While I missed little of the visual symbology, such as the use of spaciousness, and evil symbology, I didn't pick up on most of the linguistic symbols, from witty names like that of the profligate "Doctor Bill" and ruling class "Victor" to the commercial signage.

    The greatest strength of the film is the social criticism angle - like 'Pig Hunt', which I played a tiny part in producing. It lays bare an exquisite panorama of crassness and wretchedness, like pig adorned in diamonds and pearls.

    Somehow, the acting was believable and I was drawn into the movie, even as the characters came across as the flattened sterotypes that Kubrick clearly wanted.
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  3. Sep 26, 2011
    10
    Ever wonder what the real drama? what a drama movie? Eyes Wide Shut is the perfect example of drama, fear, obsession, passion, etc. Perhaps asEver wonder what the real drama? what a drama movie? Eyes Wide Shut is the perfect example of drama, fear, obsession, passion, etc. Perhaps as the movie progresses you are wondering, what does this have to do? but this is one of those films that eventually will show that every action has a reaction Full Review »