Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. All the more disappointing, then, when what has been a celebration of last-ditch passion slides abruptly into a cautionary tale. Until that point the movie's refreshingly unbiased tone allows us to make our own moral judgments, teasing us with the possibility that, occasionally, the scarlet woman can escape unbranded. I, for one, was rooting for her.
  2. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    76
    Cloud 9 is most moving when it steps quietly into the gap between physical decline and the persistence, at full blast, of unfulfilled longing and desire.
  3. 75
    Seldom has any movie shown so much geriatric sex and full-frontal nudity (male and female). But, thanks to Dresen, it is all done with taste and sensitivity.
  4. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    75
    A stark, minimalist drama.
  5. 75
    These performances are so quietly effective that we watch, absorbed. I'm not sure, however, that where this film comes from quite earns the place it goes to.
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    75
    This isn't just physical love, warts and all, but warts, liver spots, saggy parts, and all. Still, the thing that ultimately keeps your head turned is how persuasively filmmaker Andreas Dresen ("Summer in Berlin'') argues that desire can create just as much emotional tumult in golden years as in youth.
  7. 70
    The quiet exploration of late sexuality is remarkable, but the characters' seniority also makes the triangle doubly painful for the woman's husband of 30 years, who suddenly faces the prospect not only of living alone but of dying that way as well.
  8. Cloud 9 may not be my idea of a great movie, but it doesn't pretend that old folks are, by definition, sexless. In the movie business, this qualifies as a revolution.
  9. Reviewed by: Patrick Peters
    60
    Disappointing third act to this brave drama about love and sex in our later years.
  10. Cloud 9's plot is thin, the conflict lazy, and the resolution sudden and unsurprising. That's a shame, because stronger development in the story department might have made this film a minor sensation.
  11. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    60
    Overall tone lies somewhere between Mike Leigh and Ken Loach in performances and look, with a modest tech package.
  12. 58
    Ultimately though, apart from the ages of the protagonists, Cloud 9 is a standard-issue infidelity story.
  13. The film may attract older moviegoers curious to see their generation represented onscreen doing what comes naturally for once. It's doubtful that the general audience will be so inclined.
  14. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    40
    Besides the frank, blithe sex scenes, a melodramatic ending aims to banish any last hope of gem├╝tlichkeit, but the film comes to feel curiously incomplete, like one long fretful afternoon.
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  1. Apr 30, 2013
    0
    I'm really surprised on the positive reactions. For me it is obvious that it is not about love but about lust. The fact that they are middleI'm really surprised on the positive reactions. For me it is obvious that it is not about love but about lust. The fact that they are middle aged doesn't change it. She hurt her husband really and when he probably took his own life after she left, she is crying crocodile tears. After all a marriage means that you stay together in good and bad times. Instead of trying to improve her marriage she took the easy way. For me the movie sucks. Full Review »