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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. Grim and sordid though it often is, the film has a steady flow of visually absorbing images. It's an art movie for the masses.
  3. 63
    Meg Ryan does such an effective job of evoking her sexually hungry lonely girl that it might have been better to just follow that line and not distract her and the audience with the distraction of a crime plot.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Beautifully crafted and highlighted by an arresting change-of-pace perf by Meg Ryan as an English teacher erotically awakened by a homicide detective. But the story's unpalatable narrative holes and dramatic missteps will hold sway over the pic's better qualities.
  5. More ambitious, but also much harder to swallow than the average Hollywood hack effort, In the Cut is a muddle of thriller and art-house phantasmagoria.
  6. Campion is dabbling in several different types of movie here: police procedural, film noir, romantic melodrama, sex fantasia. None really succeeds.
  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
    [***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
    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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