Warner Bros. Pictures | Release Date: July 16, 1999 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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Generally favorable reviews based on 33 Critics
Positive:
24
Mixed:
5
Negative:
4
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100
As the late Stanley Kubrick's swansong, it fills the bill magnificently.
90
It's Kubrick, for sure, and in often mesmerizing form.
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.
80
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]
70
It's a mind-blowing game, and all that nonsense about this being an erotic thriller was merely part of Kubrick's game.
63
It's shocking only in its banality, impotence and utter lack of heat.
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).