A writer (Jude Law), a photographer (Julia Roberts), a young woman (Natalie Portman) and a successful dermatologist grapple with love and betrayal.
" Like dramas by Pinter and others, what seems trenchant and perfectly pitched in the theater can come off as arch even when skillfully transferred to film. "
" Nichols is back, his instincts for intimacy as cutting as ever... "
" If it makes you uncomfortable, or leaves you disturbed, it has only done its job. "
" Owen and Portman give excellent, committed performances, leaving Law and Roberts in the shade. "
" It does shock, I should say, in the way of men and women doing their psychological worst and most ruthless to push away those they have previously pulled close. "
" Despite four very strong performances, Closer is hard emotional work to sit through. "
" Vibrates with eroticism, bruising laughs and dynamite performances from four attractive actors doing decidedly unattractive things. "
" Feels so remote that it renders itself inconsequential. "
" Closer has lots to offer: smart performances, archly funny dialogue and a feeling for the way a group of strangers can become so familiar that they're apt to rip one another to shreds. "
" There's not an American filmmaker who better understands the scheming perversity and self-deception lurking beneath our passions. "
" There's a creepy fascination in the way these four characters stage their affairs while occupying impeccable lifestyles. "
" Not to be missed. "
" [A] chilly, caustic, foul-mouthed anatomy of modern romance. "
" An extremely well-executed entertainment exclusively for grown-ups. "
" Owen alone, in Closer, rises to the challenge. "
" Bad Pinter meets bad Updike, dancing to the rat-a-tat rhythms of an ER episode. "
" It's written and filmed with great intelligence, and performed fearlessly. "
" Impeccably acted and directed -- but quite icy. "
" Closer has clever dialogue and scenes that are alive to all the treachery and nuance of sexual intrigue. "
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