Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 35
  2. Negative: 4 out of 35
  1. LaBute is coming of age as an artist, and his future looks brighter than I ever would have suspected a year ago. Enfant terrible or not, he's starting to become a substantial figure in American film.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Disarmingly funny new film with a doozy of a twist ending... may be his best, cruelest, most vital act of confrontation yet.
  3. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Very much in line with his maiden screen efforts "In the Company of Men" and "Your Friends and Neighbors"...ends with a satisfying shudder of recognition at the extreme cruelty possible within human relationships, particularly those conceived by Neil LaBute.
  4. Neil LaBute delivers his most interesting and powerful film to date, though it's also his most unpleasant and disturbing.
  5. 88
    LaBute has that rarest of attributes, a distinctive voice. You know one of his scenes at once. His dialogue is the dialogue overheard in trendy mid-scale restaurants, with the words peeled back to suggest the venom beneath.
  6. His (LaBute) observation of human nature is keener than before, his dialogue more attuned to ambiguities.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Dec 7, 2012
    Disturbing and interesting at the same time, it's a brilliant comedy that shows many human interactions from every perspective, not all of them are equally interesting and characterized. The movie sometimes lack stronger performances but a superb Rachel Weisz shadows others weaknesses. I was surprised but the movie flowed smoothly guided by a convincing plot till the sharp and stunning end.
    I highly recommend the lover of this genre to watch it.
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  2. HumbertoD.
    Jan 16, 2006
    In response to Takoma, this film is not about feminism, at least that's how I interpreted it. I haven't read reviews so I don't know what the critics are saying about it. How I interpreted it, this film is about art, in its most pure form. At the end of the movie there is a quote by Han Suyin. As you may recall it said, "Moralists have no place in an art gallery." I have mixed feelings about the quote itself, as it was popularized by the movie and not by the intensity of it's words. That aside, it is what the movie is about. She defaces the statue and has a fight about "true art" with Phillip (Fred Wellery) during the exposition of her character. She views art in different ways. Morals and feelings for other individuals aside. This movie is about how artists are constantly being criticized. Right here, on this website, we are critiquing the works of actors, directors and producers. One has to put their morals and views aside and appreciate the art for what it is. It's a complicated concept summarized by the quote by Suyin. I gave the film a seven because it could have been better. The films drags a bit and the climax is really the ending. Full Review »