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Closer

2004
Romance
Drama
1h 44m
A bitingly funny and honest look at modern relationships, Closer is the story of four strangers -- their chance meetings, instant attractions and casual betrayals. (Sony Pictures)
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Closer

2004
Romance
Drama
1h 44m
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Rated 20 Aug 2008
93
99th
Closer is brilliant.It is classy. Nichols is a big chance for actors, he always directs actors very well. Julia Roberts is gorgeous and acted very well, she deserved an Oscar nomination for this. No need to say how Portman and Owen was great.Law is also very successful. Look closer ...
Rated 12 May 2008
1
10th
I hated all of these boring, pathetic assholes and their stupid, awkward dialog. Nothing. There is nothing to be learned from this movie. I'm choking on pretense. GHAGHAGHGHA HELP.
Rated 05 Apr 2022
65
48th
Fine, than I guess I WON'T cheat on my wife. This movie took to heart Alec Baldwin's acronym. ABC, Always be closing. Always. Be. Closing.
Rated 29 Dec 2008
20
1st
Oh my god! Too much empty bla bla bla about sex and relationships.
Rated 09 Feb 2007
70
51st
Worth it for the great lines delivered perfectly by the cast.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
5
57th
Dares to ask the important question: What does Jude Law's cum taste like?
Rated 24 Feb 2008
30
6th
"hello stranger...". Oh, c'mon, are you kidding?
Rated 17 Jan 2007
0
0th
Hateful awful film of utter pointlessness. Spectacularly annoying characters and a cloying script and that craptacular song, just an abyssmal film.
Rated 27 Oct 2008
7
57th
Some nice performances throughout with a merely adequate story, but I think plays should stay in theatres. I'd also love to see it one day, but seriously, enough with adaptations. People walking in slow motion with some Damien Rice music in the background is just not my cup of tea...
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
14th
Stupid two hour soap opera that features Natalie Portman as a stripper that doesn't remove her clothes. Nothing else in the movie is any less fake.
Rated 08 Mar 2009
85
70th
An adequate, profound and excellently executed film full of unforgettable and casually attracting moments. Almost the entire cast give out engaging and well thought out exhibitions, the highlight of them all being Owen and a very sexy Portman. An overall enthralling look at modern relationships and a nice outing from Mike Nichols.
Rated 31 May 2007
40
17th
Depressing and indulgent.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
58th
Like watching four scorpions in a death match.
Rated 05 Mar 2007
85
97th
I really liked the straightforward tone of the film and the fact that you really get a good insight in just 4 characters and their ideas about love, relationships and sex. A very daring and intriguing film.
Rated 27 Oct 2008
10
17th
Where did this come from? A completely and disgustingly uninteresting slew of big names and terrible plot twists.
Rated 06 Jan 2011
15
2nd
Miserable people acting petulant
Rated 04 May 2011
70
77th
It has everything that it needs to be one, but without having an emotional attachment to its characters, I didn't feel much emotion while watching it. It's intriguing, interesting and intelligent, while also having immoral, irrational and idiotic characters. And because I still have a few more words beginning with "i" to throw around, it is also impeccably inconsiderate due to its intense, imperfect characters constantly becoming irate because of some impatient and insane indecisiveness.
Rated 29 Apr 2008
25
2nd
I just can't believe this thing came out from the same guy who brought us Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf...
Rated 19 Nov 2008
4
55th
Worth it for the breakup scenes, everything else is uniformly average - "...because I'm a FUCKING CAVEMAN" - lol.
Rated 29 Aug 2007
41
2nd
Screw this movie.
Rated 13 Dec 2006
98
96th
A 'realistic' love story. Not hollywood happy endings. Depressingly Uplifting.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
98th
Bloody brilliant - it's a fantastic play and it really does a great job of maintaining that theatrical feeling. Worth seeing even just for the scene between Clive Owen and Julia Roberts near the middle. Witty writing and gritty characterisation make this a keeper in my books.
Rated 17 May 2008
87
93rd
this is one of those movies you actually have to watch before judging. other than that there is no way of selling it to anyone.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
32
20th
Instead of watching this movie, just watch a week's worth of Dr. Phil or any other like-minded relationship talk show. At least you'll get a decent resolution. While the acting is exemplary, the story is painfully thin and frustrating.
Rated 16 Mar 2008
65
40th
This movie offers some interesting viewpoints on sex and relationships and has some powerful dialogues, but in the end it was all a bit too melodramatic and maybe even a little bit pretentious.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
21st
Great acting and direction, but the story is so far removed from normal human interactions that it puts a barrier between the audience and the characters. These people deserve the hell they put themselves in.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
57
28th
Not crazy about this cold movie. It doesn't look like a play, but the dialouge sure sounds like it. Very stagey, and even a touch overacted in parts, with unlikable characters that don't really learn much at all. The cast is fine, and the movie has it's moments (especially the fight between Clive and Julia), but ultimately it's unmemorable.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
20
1st
All that hype for nothing. True Portman's strip tease was the best part of the movie, how sad. It was long and dull.
Rated 02 Sep 2008
86
88th
If one only looks at the cast one could say: Pretty typical cast for a ladies' movie. Actually, it isn't. Instead this is a cleverly done movie with an intelligent story and very complex characters that are all very well performed by the actors Law, Roberts, Portman and Owen.
Rated 19 Feb 2009
37
12th
I usually love Mike Nichols films, despite their flaws; and he's always able to get amazing performances from even his minor actors. But I cannot stand this film; the dialogue and script must have looked like vomit on the page. Plus, it felt like it tried to hard ( = Oscar bait, which it was for reasons I cannot comprehend).
Rated 04 Aug 2007
20
4th
For a movie with the sole plot being relationships, it probably wouldn't hurt to make anybody care or even get those...
Rated 10 May 2007
2
21st
It tries so hard to be profound, but it just... fails. It's character driven, but none of the characters are very memorable or even likable. The acting isn't particularly hot either (but Natalie Portman is).
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
25th
Closer is about as good as you would expect from the director and the cast. It's good, but not great. Has a fairly clever structure. But does the world really need more stories about infidelity? I didn't feel like I was getting anything new, and it didn't connect with me, didn't seem very real.
Rated 10 Sep 2010
77
76th
You take four good actors, hand them some fiery, sharp dialogue and you get a bunch of intense scenes full of emotion and humour.
Rated 04 Nov 2008
3
28th
(2nd viewing) Why did I like this the first time I saw it? Who knows? The first 5 minutes of the movie are the most awkward, uncomfortable minutes I think I have ever experienced with cinema. Clive Owen's character was the only interesting one all the others were boring idiots. I also love how Natalie Portman plays a stripper who doesn't get naked. That's just great filmmaking.
Rated 01 Aug 2010
78
75th
It was alarmingly disconcerting to not have anyone to root for out of the four characters - we're so conditioned to look for good and evil in movie characters. So it's modern in that sense, and the dialogue is dazzling. But in the end it seemed like a morality play: "appreciate what you have", and "cheaters get their just desserts". This is no Hollywood portrayal of true love - we are all alone, there is no real intimacy, and all the couples are compromised to the core in order to be with each o
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
77th
Complex and difficult with great performances and great dialogue. Clive Owen and Julia Roberts give first-rate performances, while Jude Law and Natalie Portman are both very good.
Rated 06 Nov 2010
56
50th
A look at the frequent missteps of people trying to land idealized relationships. The plot progression almost exclusively takes the form of random cuts with huge jumps in continuity and time without warning. It really ruins the movie, especially since it could've been saved by 1 to 3 seconds of transition at most. Since the main character doesn't grow in anyway while also not acting with an internal consistency the film's dramatic aspect suffers. Strong performances make it watchable.
Rated 09 Dec 2011
20
12th
Boring, boring, boring!.
Rated 06 Feb 2010
94
91st
Gorgeous portrayal of 4 humans in different relationships. Clive Owen and Natalie Portman give career best performances but Julia Roberts is really the star player here. Not to be missed.
Rated 04 Feb 2009
65
11th
Only the opening and closing track by Damien Rice - The blowers daughter - is valuable in this film
Rated 27 Apr 2008
60
18th
Pedante.
Rated 11 Feb 2009
65
33rd
There are many flaws in this movie, but I still like it a lot.
Rated 07 Jan 2011
98
85th
~5
Rated 26 Jun 2009
79
56th
Moments of awe-inspiring cruelness.
Rated 02 Feb 2009
96
95th
This movie shows the love as a not so solid feeling as the legends says. It's an 'American Pie' for grown up people.
Rated 26 Sep 2013
60
29th
A consistently interesting and compelling but sadly indulgent and, ultimately, not all that special examination of the themes of lust, relationships and infidelity. Marber's script contains plenty of witty banter, Nichols has a steady hand and the protagonist quartet is generally solid (Owen being the standout). But, in the end, the film is too smartass for its own good and neither the unsympathetic characters nor the limited insights do it any favors.
Rated 25 Mar 2007
65
43rd
A theatrical drama, really. No need to see this on the big screen.
Rated 06 Jul 2008
84
54th
Very compelling performances from Natalie Portman, and
Rated 12 Jan 2009
40
0th
rude......
Rated 21 Feb 2011
70
32nd
Generally a big fan of Patrick Marber, this is a close, effective piece of material. Good performances all round, though not as extraordinary as Notes on a Scandal, or some of Mike Nichols' other work.
Rated 22 Apr 2011
80
62nd
witty dialogue, but I just couldn't wrap my head around the overall effect. I felt like something was missing. Though Portman and Owen deliver outstandingly.
Rated 15 Jan 2015
99
97th
Searing, stinging, and ultimately blackly cynical view of modern relationships turns to a modern VIRGINIA WOOLF counterpart in Nichols' hands -- though George and Martha would still be able to teach these kids a thing or two! Beautifully performed by all 4 leads, with Portman and Owen's meatier roles shining brightest. Uncomfortably raw and painful at times, but redeemed (like WOOLF) by an undercurrent of bittersweet melancholy.
Rated 19 Feb 2009
64
34th
once again another dots movie
Rated 22 Jul 2009
74
75th
A really honest depiction of relationships and how fragile its components are. Best bits are the scenes with Portman.
Rated 19 Jul 2009
92
83rd
Wow. A play is always tricky, but they kept it fresh. THe acting and plot were amazing, a movie that left my heart pounding for days.
Rated 09 Jan 2012
26
42nd
Very well acted, but not easy to like a single character.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
58th
Ya, this wasn't all that bad. It had a decent plot to follow, a pretty hot stripping scene with Natalie Portman, a few little twists and turns here and there. This would fall into the, "if you're girlfriend wants to rent a chick flick, this wouldn't be a bad one" category.
Rated 04 Jun 2015
30
3rd
Glossy, self-aggrandising navel-gazing at its worst, with some unevolved and undiscriminating views on sex and relationships. Of course, the characters are vacuous, shallow and utterly self-obsessed - and completely forgivable with it. The same can't be said for anyone involved in this triviality of a film production. Embarrassing, and given filmmaking is a zero-sum game, basically offensive in its very existence.
Rated 29 Jan 2007
55
45th
sexy portman first time
Rated 08 Apr 2010
80
84th
Natalie Portman, my god.
Rated 15 May 2008
25
8th
Blech. We don't see Natalie Portman's hooha in this movie, but we do see where she keeps it.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
20
20th
Crap melodrama.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
36th
Enjoyable.
Rated 10 Oct 2010
63
34th
Well acted, kind of boring at times. Portman looks nice.
Rated 05 Apr 2011
100
97th
Um, probably one of the best movies ever. I have to think of big words. Somethingly something, what is it I want to say? Help me, fill in the blank.
Rated 24 Nov 2014
82
62nd
Probably worked much better as a play.
Rated 15 Oct 2008
95
86th
An amazing cast. Very emotionally charged.
Rated 25 Aug 2010
86
93rd
This movie is so great that I love it despite of having Julia Roberts ( the definition of an overrated actress). Portman is incredible and Owen is on fire. The story is wonderful and Nichols is very effective. When sex in involved we are all childish.
Rated 26 Feb 2011
80
50th
I had a lot of expectations towards this film and I felt people hyped it up a bit much. The two parts I liked in the movie were the soundtrack (Damien Rice's track especially) and Natalie Portman's scene with Clive Owen.
Rated 30 Nov 2006
90
75th
A highly underrated film. It features top performances by all of the four actors and brilliant dialogues. Highly recommended.
Rated 13 May 2009
24
12th
Hollywood crap, but set in London. Jude Law is great. Julia Roberts is horribly bad. I'm not convinced she's been in London more than a week before shooting. She seems completely lacking acclimation. There's nothing really redeeming about this film. The potty mouth scene between Julia Roberts and Clive Owen is gross. So staged, you can practically see the script through the dialogue. Overall, leaves the viewer with an empty feeling in a bad way.
Rated 23 Aug 2008
80
37th
depressing
Rated 01 Mar 2019
75
61st
01.02.2019
Rated 16 Jun 2015
47
64th
#14#, story, cast, liked, oldies(2) }*{ #05#, story, reviews, Natalie.P!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
47
35th
Overwrought and depressing.
Rated 18 Mar 2007
54
22nd
For a movie made by Mike Nichols it could have really been great. Too bad for Closer that it's not.
Rated 04 Mar 2011
90
84th
how can a movie that contains no sex scene be so erotic? how can a woman that has nothing to do with the viewer can make you feel possesive? how can a movie this disjointed can not be disconnected? questions can go on. none, nor their answers can truthfully explain the beauty of closer. it's the kind of movie that comes together in the end, but by no means of a plot twist, or an explanation. it's a movie that becomes whole simply by ending and ending beautifully. i'm speechless. wonderful work.
Rated 01 Feb 2010
85
39th
heart wrenching and amazing. an amazing script where the characters are actually human plus fabulous performances from all
Rated 12 Apr 2019
90
40th
My SCORING: 99-96=Great; 95-90=Very good; 89-85=Good; 84-80=So-so; 79-70=Boring; Below 70=Forget it.
Rated 15 Apr 2008
90
98th
this film has the best dialogue in -any- film i've seen to date. it's clever, it's funny, it's outrageous, it's poetic and the last but not the least it's true. marber is simply put, peerless in his class.
Rated 09 Sep 2007
61
33rd
Big stars in soapy relationships full of explicit sexual dialogue. The intended shock value failed to draw me in, and if Nichols was trying to say something about relationships, I guess I didn't care.
Rated 08 Aug 2009
83
67th
A great script that gets decent performances from average actors.
Rated 15 Oct 2014
6
41st
Closer is an interesting and honest mix of relationships and mean spirited and troubled characters. Ultimately it all amounts to little, but the conversations and interactions between the four leads is interesting and the performances from Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Clive Owen, and in particular Julia Roberts are all strong. They're all unlikeable characters, but their scenes together are engaging.
Rated 24 Mar 2013
75
39th
theatral
Rated 26 Oct 2012
72
63rd
* Casting, Acting : 8 * Script : 7 * Directing, Aura : 8 * Ease of Viewing : 6 * Naked Eye : 7
Rated 11 Feb 2010
5
43rd
I found it uncomfortable and hard to sit through at times. Saved by the cast.
Rated 03 Apr 2014
85
72nd
closer is one of my favourite plays. it's such a bleak, poignant and honest look at love, relationships and human connection. i enjoyed the film as well, especially the performances of natalie portman and clive owen. owen in particular stood out because he offered a new dimension to larry that strengthened the piece as a whole. ultimately though, the film doesn't do the play justice. the intention of appealing to a mainstream audience results in a loss of thematic potency and emotional impact.
Rated 01 Aug 2016
86
64th
Complex, painful, powerful.
Rated 26 Jul 2008
60
39th
Great at points, awful at others.
Rated 13 Jul 2007
73
51st
Great adaptation of the play. Something is lost in the translation but still worth seeing. Just don't watch it after a break up or anything like that as it is an almost realistic view of modern relationships.
Rated 26 Jan 2011
83
88th
This is love in its most tumultuous light. It's a melodrama which showcases the brazen, fleeting, terrifying nature of love with a raw veracity that is at times almost too intense.
Rated 23 Jul 2011
73
28th
The older I get the more I realize relationship films all start to sound the same. Stories differ and actors change, but it's we fall in love and we have our hearts broken. I guess the highs on both ends of the emotional spectrum make this subject constantly writable and engaging, but Closer doesn't have likable characters to make this anything more than another study, another actor's piece. People cry but it doesn't mean anything. I guess what I'm asking, Mr. Nichols, is... where is the love?
Rated 14 Aug 2007
81
69th
Searing and depressing, but it was good to see a movie about adult relationships for once . . . with these actors (especially Julia Roberts) actually playing people for a change.
Rated 04 Dec 2019
62
55th
Mozart's "Cosí fan tutte" all over the soundtrack is clearly no accident. The real star of this flick is MIke Nichols: it is due solely to his strong direction that I did not hate Julia Roberts. God knows the writing stacked the deck against it... some of the exchanges are marvelous, juxtaposed with long stretches of characters speaking to each other in a way that no humans ever have. Clive Owen plays a mean game of 20 questions. Jude Law's character, oddly, is in the end the most compelling.
Rated 23 Sep 2013
57
10th
The idea of the story is good, but their acting ruined it. Jude Law and Julia Roberts absolutely sucked. Before I watched Julia's movie, I thought she had a similar face with Juliette Binoche, but soon her face repelled me because she had no skills in acting at all. I don't understand why she is so famous. I was a fun of Jude Law, and watched most of his movies, disappointedly, most of them were bad, somehow I had to merely liked his young face.
Rated 04 Mar 2008
96
25th
When director Mike Nichols pairs a raw, ferocious, cruel, sexy screenplay with four beautiful, talented actors the result is captivating. This film focuses on the inner-workings of two couples in London: Anna the photographer, Larry the dermatologist, Alice the stripper, and Dan the writer. When a pass-the-lover-game ensues passions are stirred and people begin to get nasty. 4 fascintating characters are given scintillating interpretations by Roberts, Owen, Portman, and Law. "Hello, stranger."
Rated 28 Jul 2021
75
65th
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Rated 25 Jan 2009
62
17th
I don't remember anything about this movie, except that I barely made myself watch the whole thing.
Rated 03 Jun 2019
76
86th
This movie does a great job of portraying our desires within relationships, the pain of betrayal, and our impulse to dominate, hurt, and control. Relationships are the emotional arenas for our best power struggles. The movie has shortcomings and a little cringe. Natalie Portman can be a little try-hardish, Julia Roberts is bland, and Jude is raw. It's enjoyable while accurate and it lingers with you in a great way.

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