|Warner Bros. Pictures | Release Date: July 16, 1999||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
As the late Stanley Kubrick's swansong, it fills the bill magnificently.
It's Kubrick, for sure, and in often mesmerizing form.
A movie with the power and quality of dreams, where reality merges into symbolism and oddly juxtaposed elements crystallize into a single, electrifying whole.
Makes its strongest impression not with dialogue but with virtuoso visual work . when you work with Kubrick, it's always the director, never the actors, who is the real star. That can lead a film up or down or, as it does here, in both directions at the same time. [16 July 1999, Calendar, p.F-1]
It's a mind-blowing game, and all that nonsense about this being an erotic thriller was merely part of Kubrick's game.
It's shocking only in its banality, impotence and utter lack of heat.
A laughable disaster: an agonizingly long, perversely dull, childishly conceived fantasia on marital sexual angst that could only have been made by someone (like Kubrick).
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