Bitter Moon
Bitter Moon (1992)

A perverse, dark-humored comedy drama, Bitter Moon crosses the line into intentional camp more often than not in its tale of a kinky cripple Oscar (Peter Coyote) and his beautiful wife Mimi (Emmanuelle Seigner). Oscar ensnares a proper… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: June 3, 2003
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63%
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81%



Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

It's a matter of some dispute whether Roman Polanski's letter to the darker side of the romantic impulse, but there's little question that this is his most emotionally complex movie.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

This material obviously appeals to his sense of mischief, which remains alive and well.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Bitter Moon is entertaining, but in the manner of ghastly car crashes and legendary theatrical disasters; you can't take your eyes off it, but you often want to.

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Derek Elley
Variety

Strong playing by topliner Peter Coyote can't compensate for a script that's all over the map and a tone that veers from outre comedy to erotic game-playing.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

By turns funny, brilliant, shocking and downright terrible, this choppy, two-hour-plus voyage is for Polanski aficionados who don't mind watching their favorite, aging enfant terrible going gleefully under.

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

Deliberately provocative, infuriatingly melodramatic, this is a film that begs not to be taken seriously, and requires a ready suspension of moral discernment for maximum enjoyment.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Rich and darkly disturbing, it's also wickedly entertaining.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Well, of course Bitter Moon is wretched excess. But Polanski directs it without compromise or apology.

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Film4

Polanski's study of a marriage based on obsession, lust and cruelty was panned by critics as tasteless pornography, but there's a rich fascination in the film's openly voyeuristic, lurid extremes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Aditya Gokhale
Surely we've all heard of real life stories floating about of a man completely bowled over by a woman with her bewitching looks, beauty to die for....yet… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Polanski accomplishes another quest for love in the depths of hell. an outstanding and upsetting erotic drama. Peter Coyote completely steals the movie.
AJ Verser
Normally I love Polanski's work, but I didn't know what to think of this movie. First of all it's really long, and there's a lot of… More
Dean McKenna
French Emmanuelle Seigner looks bloody hotter in her nudity and sex scenes in this Roman Polanski's tale of obsessive love.
Stephen M
There are some people who would have you believe that Polanski made little of worth between "Chinatown" in 1974 and his critical comeback "The… More
Ross Collins
Not your usual Hugh Grant movie! An American writer recounts the story of his perverse relationship with his beautiful wife to a frigid British couple on a… More