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Patrick Marber's acclaimed stage drama about the romantic interactions of four people has been given a reverent screen adaptation by director and producer Mike Nichols. Dan (Jude Law) is a writer in London who wants to finish a novel, but in the meantime supports himself by writing obituaries. One day he chances upon Alice (Natalie Portman), a beautiful young American expatriate, working as a stripper, when he sees her get hit by a car. Alice immediately falls for Dan, and gives him her love without reservation. Dan is initially enchanted with Alice, and returns her affection, but while… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"If it makes you uncomfortable, or leaves you disturbed, it has only done its job."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Searing story of betrayal isn't for kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Nichols ... simply stuns with a beautiful production, excellent script, unconventional and rather hateful story, and excellent acting all around."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It's only as good as its cast. Fortunately, it's a good cast."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Owen and Portman give excellent, committed performances, leaving Law and Roberts in the shade."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"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."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Closer is no joke and it's got the brave, mature performances of an all-star cast to prove it. It's a movie in which characters feel each other up with their hands and knock each other down with words."
‑ Radheyan Simonpillai,
"Mike Nichols teases up a similar level of emotional dysfunction to "Carnal Knowledge" with a filmic rendition of Patrick Marber's stage play about sexual one-ups-man-ship."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Marber looks at farcical giddiness with a hard-won sobriety.... Closer is a voguish farce that, rather than making you wish you were like the characters, makes you wish that you hadn't been."
‑ Alan Dale,
"Vibrates with eroticism, bruising laughs and dynamite performances from four attractive actors doing decidedly unattractive things."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Impeccably acted and directed -- but quite icy."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"With a better script, Closer could have been compelling romantic drama; instead, it's little more than clichéd nonsense."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"Four beautiful, despicable characters find everything but love in this borderline sadistic battle of words from Mike Nichols."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
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‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
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