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  • Summary: A writing instructor (Ryan) has an erotic affair with a police detective (Ruffalo) investigating a murder in her New York neighborhood. (Sony)
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 38
  2. Negative: 9 out of 38
  1. If In the Cut falls short of the masterpiece Campion intended, it's unquestionably the most ambitious and important film to come along in months.
  2. The movie has a nasty, creepy edge that never lets up, and the characters are deliberately grating and alienating. This is a thriller that, like some classic noirs, glories in its own mean aura, its casual profanity and grotesque violence.
  3. As a thriller, In the Cut, with its red herring characters and plot twists, turns dopey and predictable. As a portrait of a single woman, burned by love and wary of what's in store, Campion's movie has its trenchant, telling passages.
  4. Ultimately never slices things as sharply as it attempts, but it’s definitely a cut above.
  5. 50
    A disappointing erotic thriller from director Jane Campion that amounts to an implausible update on "Looking for Mr. Goodbar."
  6. A remarkably dislikable film, long on atmosphere -- I admired Dion Beebe's brooding cinematography -- and desperately short on vitality.
  7. Ryan radiates neither desire nor terror. She's freeze-dried in a world of lifelessly abstract feminine fear, and so is the movie.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 7 out of 15
  1. HoinzaA.
    Jun 22, 2006
    10
    [***SPOILERS***] The movie's edge seems to lay in the fact that the main female character "knows" unconsciously (until the very end) [***SPOILERS***] The movie's edge seems to lay in the fact that the main female character "knows" unconsciously (until the very end) that the guy she is sleeping might be a killer. The plot is just a context to explore human relationships and the power they have to bring someone out of the slumber and numbness of everyday life. Expand
  2. MattP.
    Oct 17, 2005
    7
    This is an entertaining movie with breathtaking cinematography... if anything, that brings this movie to be worth viewing. I haven't This is an entertaining movie with breathtaking cinematography... if anything, that brings this movie to be worth viewing. I haven't seen many films that have such evocative cinematography. Expand

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