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  • Summary: Johnny (David Thewlis) flees Manchester for London. There he finds an old girlfriend, and spends some time homeless, ranting at strangers, and meeting characters in plights very much like his own.
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
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  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 3, 2013
    100
    This is a painful movie to watch. But it is also exhilarating, as all good movies are, because we are watching the director and actors venturing beyond any conventional idea of what a modern movie can be about. Here there is no plot, no characters to identify with, no hope.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    Jun 3, 2013
    100
    even in the notable ranks of Leigh's movie, TV and theater work-an oeuvre embracing high comedy, biting comment and shivering pathos-Naked is extraordinary. In the hands of Leigh and his magnificently gifted, gutsy cast, these days and nights on London's streets burn themselves on our minds.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Boyar
    Jun 3, 2013
    100
    By the end of the film, there's even something vaguely inspirational about our antihero's painful journey through the bowels of his self-created hell.
  4. Reviewed by: Vincent Canby
    Jun 3, 2013
    80
    Naked is as corrosive and sometimes as funny as anything Mr. Leigh has done to date. It's loaded with wild flights of absurd rhetoric and encounters with characters so eccentric that they seem to have come directly from life. Nobody would dare imagine them.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Hunter
    Jun 3, 2013
    75
    You may feel like you need a drink and a shower when you come out of "Naked," but at least you'll know you've been somewhere new.
  6. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Jun 3, 2013
    75
    This apocalyptic vision of London-as-Hell is a far cry from Leigh's earlier work, the relatively gentle social comedies, High Hopes and Life Is Sweet. But, working with the actors in his usual improvisatory style, Leigh dares to drop into depths he has never before explored. With its aura of horror and hopelessness, Naked is a very brave work. If you can take it, it's a film you won't soon forget. [28 Jan. 1994, p.AE13]
  7. Reviewed by: David Baron
    Jun 3, 2013
    40
    Mike Leigh's awesomely overpraised Naked is that one-in-a-hundred mediocre movie that contains a genuinely compelling performance. [4 Mar. 1994, p.L27]

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