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An uncompromisingly honest look at modern relationships, Closer is the story of four strangers (Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Clive Owen) and their chance meetings, instant...  View more >

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Dec 19, 2004
I went with my wife to see this movie because it was rated 3.5 stars (out of 4) and nominated for 5 golden globes, including one for Best Picture. If you like to see couples lie to each other, cheat on each other, verbally abuse each other, seduce each others partner and talk dirty to each other, all with little or no plot, this movie is probably for you. For us, it was a big disappointment and a total waste of time.
Jan 14, 2005
I'm wondering why actors such as Julia Roberts & Jude Law who I consider to be well known stars need to be in such a seedy film. I went to it to see Clive Owens. Now I know he's had quite a mouth on him in other parts he's played but this was very raunchy. I'm almost surprised the person I was with didn't want us to leave.

Disappointing at least.
Jul 26, 2005
I had high expectations for this movie, especially given the two Oscar nominations it received for acting. In the end, however, it was very unsatisfying.

The movie is based on a play, and it moves along much like a play. It is driven by dialogue; so much so that it uses dialogue as a weapon to shock the audience and to evoke whatever reaction it wishes from the audience. This can work in some cases, but here, it seems like an acting exercise more than a story that is trying to say something.

If it does have something to say, its statement would be that people are brutal and incapable of carrying on a relationship, much less a monogomous one. Considering that it stars four very capable and watchable actors, the viewer is left not caring for any of them. In their own way, each is so despicable that you end up caring nothing about who ends up with whom, whether the ending is happy or sad, or what comes of any of them.

This is not a date movie by any means. Even if you are considering it, don't do it! You may end up fighting with your significant other for no other reason than this movie has put you in a foul and bitter mood.

While there are scenes which show a flash of brilliance and allow the actors to work off each other, they aren't enough to recommend it. Rent it if you must, but I'm sure there are other titles that could be higher on your list of movies to watch.
May 27, 2012

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