Screen Gems | Release Date: October 22, 2003
6.8
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Generally favorable reviews based on 29 Ratings
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ElliottFeb 10, 2004
I pity this movie for enduring such undeserved harsh criticism. It is certainly one of the most underrated films of the year, and contains one of the year's most convincing performances (Ryan's) and what just may be the year's I pity this movie for enduring such undeserved harsh criticism. It is certainly one of the most underrated films of the year, and contains one of the year's most convincing performances (Ryan's) and what just may be the year's greatest cinematography (Dion Beebe). NYC has never looked more menacing and the out-of-focus and shaky shots keep you on edge, especially when focused on Ryan in the subway. It's as if someone is always watching her. My only qualm with the film is that is remarkably explicit in both violent and (especially) sexual content. One masturbation sequence was enough to get the point across. Expand
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BrianR.Nov 4, 2003
One of the best movies of the year! Gripping from start to finish.
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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.
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MattM.Nov 2, 2003
Ambitious, potent, and breathtakingly beautiful, Jane Campion's "In The Cut" rivals Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" as the best film of 2003 thus far. The picture is deliberately paced, something that many will lament, but Ambitious, potent, and breathtakingly beautiful, Jane Campion's "In The Cut" rivals Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" as the best film of 2003 thus far. The picture is deliberately paced, something that many will lament, but for those who set themselves into that pace, the rewards to be found beneath the exterior far exceed anything any casual filmgoer might have expected. Meg Ryan gives a fierce, raw performance, allowing herself to be completely consumed by the character. Often throughout the film, it is not difficult to forget that one is watching the supposed "America's Sweetheart" onscreen. "In The Cut" is a brilliant, important film - subtle in its message, yet bold in its presentation; gorgeous in style and substance; and utterly unforgettable. Expand
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ErwinK.Oct 16, 2004
I'm at a loss for words for the harsh criticism this movie is getting. It's a dark serial killer thriller with twists and turns and a sexual energy that kept me on the edge of the seat. Meg Ryans vulnerability is fascinating, and I'm at a loss for words for the harsh criticism this movie is getting. It's a dark serial killer thriller with twists and turns and a sexual energy that kept me on the edge of the seat. Meg Ryans vulnerability is fascinating, and the movie has so much nightmarish imagery that I couldn't get to sleep at night. It's a thriller with very deep subtexts that the movie critics wouldn't even roll out of their slumber to appreciate. Expand
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ChrisB.Feb 12, 2004
Any movie that gives you a chance to see another amazing character by the 'destined to be a star' Mark Ruffalo is always worth the price of admission. Movie misses the mark, but worth the view for the performances alone.
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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 [***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
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ChadS.Nov 7, 2003
The ice skating flashbacks, Ryan gone wild, Virginia Woolf, and Campion's overt predilection for the soft-focus are all fine by me, having sat through conventional-after conventional suspense/thrillers, year after year. Yes, "Seven", The ice skating flashbacks, Ryan gone wild, Virginia Woolf, and Campion's overt predilection for the soft-focus are all fine by me, having sat through conventional-after conventional suspense/thrillers, year after year. Yes, "Seven", and even "The Bone Collector", are more successful films, but "In the Cut" gets interesting if you consider the scene, in which Frannie's kids complain that nothing happens in "To the Lighthouse". They think it's boring. To some, "In the Cut" is unsuccessful because Campion can't build suspense, but what if she's not trying to? And when she does, in the finale, it refers back to the students' gripes about the modernist novel. The final confrontation between victim and murderer looks like every other film, but here, it plays like high-minded comedy, because "To the Lighthouse" is action-packed now. Yes, "In the Cut" is very pretentious because this will go over some people's heads. Also, the plot becomes more coherent if you think one of the cops is gay. There's an elephant-sized clue in the dialogue during the scene where Frannie meets the police detective's partner. You have to watch "In the Cut" on a different level. If you don't, it's easy to see why this film is garnering so many boos and hisses. Expand
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