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  • Summary: A doctor (Cruise) becomes obsessed with having a sexual experience after his wife, Alice (Kidman), confesses to having fantasies about a random servicemen she briefly encountered over a year ago.
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. 100
    As the late Stanley Kubrick's swansong, it fills the bill magnificently.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 60
    It's good -- when it's not adrift in an absence of meaning.
  7. It's empty of ideas, which is fine, but it's also empty of heat.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
  1. Nov 25, 2013
    I love this movie. The more you watch it the more you see/learn and reveal. You have to study about it and re-watch it. At face value, most people may not "get it" or recognize the subtleties or symbology and dialogue. It's a master work and Kubrick is an amazing director. When his movies are on, you just know it's "Kubrick". This is one of those dozen or so movies, I can't take my eyes off if I flip channels and find it playing (Kubrick's other movies are on that list too: 2001, The shining, etc). There are so many messages in the movie and subplots, you just have to study it, watch it, pause video to read the signs throughout the movie and discover all the other hidden messages within that Kubrick painstakingly put in there for the viewer to see.
    I "liked" it in the theater...more for the fantasy, imagery, music and cinematography, but the more I learn about it, the more I love it. Same things can be said for "The Shining" and others. I hated "A clockwork Orange", but have since come to enjoy it after further viewings. None are movies you can fully take at face value.
  2. AlanM.
    Oct 21, 2006
    A genuinely superb film, that goes over the heads of most of those who do not like it.
  3. Aug 27, 2010
    "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. Expand
  4. May 6, 2012
    Eyes Wide Shut is impressive cinematic work. Maybe it's not Kubrick's masterpiece but the its two lead has a charm, especially the conversation between them on the bed. **** Probably but everything is there. Expand
  5. DavidH.
    Dec 20, 2006
    Yes, it has its faults, yes Cruise and Kidman aren't very good, yes it's implausible that Bill could simply have been allowed into the morgue with no ID check. But I'll be damned if the film doesn't work as an intriguing mystery. Provocative, symbolically valid and altogether unique. Is it maybe a tacit indictment of the real-life personae of the leading couple? Whatever Kubrick's intentions, this is possibly one of his best films. Expand
  6. Nov 27, 2011
    Kubrick's final twist film. but The last film Kubrick, not of the best films... however i like many startling visuals and great use of music ...but I just wish this story had been given more capable hands to mold it. Kubrick, Kidman, and Cruise have nearly ruined what could have been a much better movie Expand
  7. Jan 16, 2012
    Stanley Kubrick, a famous director, turns into a dirty old man before he dies. This movie is probably about his own fantasies. It is just sickening. What is the point of this movie ? It is not even interesting. Every man has fantasies about sexual experiences with other women, and on a daily basis. What else is new ? Expand

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