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A scathing look at Britain in the post-Thatcher era, Mike Leigh's Naked stars David Thewlis as Johnny, an unemployed layabout with a philosophical bent and a nasty edge. In the opening scene, he's committing rape, and before the credits even roll, he's also stolen a car to flee from Manchester to the London home of an old girlfriend (Lesley Sharp). The film's loose, sprawling narrative follows Johnny as he randomly makes his way through the streets of London, encountering a homeless Scottish couple, a nightwatchman and a series of women whom he charms and discards. He lives… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As immersive and well-acted as any character study Leigh's done, but ultimately numbing in its insistence on focusing on this would-be world-wary philosopher."
‑ William Goss,
"I wouldn't care to watch it again, but it had juice and left me feeling uneasy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Both harrowing and moving."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Fascinating, but slightly off-putting"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Leigh's film isn't really the black comedy it pretends to be: Comedies are funny. Naked is bleak."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Almost every moment in it is electrifying and alive in a way no focus-tested movie could match."
‑ Sean Gandert, Paste Magazine
"May well be Mike Leigh's greatest work, though it's a tough film to love or even respect."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Raw, haunting and indelible. Where's David Thewlis' Oscar?"
‑ Jonathan R. Perry, Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
"Fantastically grim and left field."
‑ Victor Olliver, Teletext
"Leigh's extensive use of improvisation in rehearsal led to a razor-sharp final script, endlessly blooming with memorable dialogue that—while never less than credibly naturalistic—proves thematically fertile. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Truly a masterpiece, this essential 1990s film is a searing character study and satiric critique of the British society under Thatcher with a towering turn from David Thewlis"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A rough and exciting drama that deserved every accolade."
‑ Edward Havens,
"Unremittingly bleak."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
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