Bitter Moon
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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 British man, Nigel (Hugh Grant) on an ocean-liner and makes him listen to the twisted tale of his relationship with Mimi (related in lengthy flashbacks) and how erotic obsession turned to homicidal hatred. Nigel is married to Fiona (Kristin Scott-Thomas), but is captivated by Mimi and listens to Oscar's grotesque stories because of his fascination.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

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"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"This material obviously appeals to his sense of mischief, which remains alive and well."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Tediously kinky, but the kinky is at least funny if not entirely sincere."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A Freudian psychiatrist will have a field day analyzing Roman Polanski's perversely erotic tale, in which his real-life wife Emmanuelle Seigner is subjected to all kinds of physical and sexual abuses."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"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."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"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."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"A fascinatingly ugly study of a relationship gone sour."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Devilishly entertaining."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Rich and darkly disturbing, it's also wickedly entertaining."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Well, of course Bitter Moon is wretched excess. But Polanski directs it without compromise or apology."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ , Film4
"Polanski tempers his tale by filtering it through Grant, who receives it with a combination of disgust and fascination."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"One of Polanski's most celebrated directorial motifs, the decimation of human bodies as a reflection of their withering spirits, is brutally forthright in Bitter Moon."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
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