Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 38
  2. Negative: 9 out of 38
  1. 38
    The movie is all moist grime and seedy atmosphere, and it's certainly something to look at: It's beautifully lurid. But it's an empty, unengaging movie, and by the end, it has become ridiculous, too.
  2. Campion has made something that's almost unbearably pretentious.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    It might even work if In the Cut was remotely convincing as a thriller, but Campion can't help wrinkling her nose at genre.
  4. 30
    As a movie, it must stand or fall by intense chemistry between the lead characters. Sadly, as co-written by Campion and Moore, In the Cut suffers from a fatal emotional and erotic imbalance.
  5. Although Ryan is cannily cast against type, she doesn't bring much more than muttery incoherence and nudity to the role.
  6. 30
    In the Cut is completely controlled and all of a piece, and yet, apart from one performance (Mark Ruffalo), it's terrible--a thriller devoid of incidental pleasures or humor, or even commonplace reality. [27 October 2003, p. 112]
  7. 25
    In the Cut is a disaster. Familiar to the bone, arty on the surface, it could serve as the doomed pilot for a nightmare TV spinoff: Law & Order: Literary Victims Unit.
  8. Campion has no clue how to sustain suspense and no actress of the caliber of Holly Hunter, Nicole Kidman or Kate Winslet (her recent leading ladies) in the main role.
  9. Ryan radiates neither desire nor terror. She's freeze-dried in a world of lifelessly abstract feminine fear, and so is the movie.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User 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. Full Review »
  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. Full Review »