Naked (1993)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 27, 2005
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
William Goss

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

I wouldn't care to watch it again, but it had juice and left me feeling uneasy.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Both harrowing and moving.

Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine

Almost every moment in it is electrifying and alive in a way no focus-tested movie could match.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

May well be Mike Leigh's greatest work, though it's a tough film to love or even respect.

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Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Raw, haunting and indelible. Where's David Thewlis' Oscar?

Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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]

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Emanuel Levy

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

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Edward Havens

A rough and exciting drama that deserved every accolade.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Cassandra Maples
An unemployed - but intelligent - social misfit goes on the run to London following a back alley rape, but finds The Capital just as desperate and alienating as… More
Stella Dallas
deeply disturbing. is everyone in this film mentally ill? it's horrible and hilarious and very, very angry. the female characters seem uniformly… More
Lady D'arbanville
'Naked' is certainly a performance driven film, with very little storyline and as such is an insight into the main character's (David Thewlis)… More
Anthony Lawrie
My favourite Mike Leigh film by a mile. David Thewlis's performance in Naked is easily one of the greatest in the history of cinema, definitely in the top… More
Dan Schultz
A dark, disturbing, and almost overbearingly bleak look at a drifter in England who crashes at his ex-girlfriend's flat to escape those that will be after… More
Ken Stachnik
A fascinating, touching, funny, horrifying, witty, uncomfortable and brilliant film by Mike Leigh. A tour de force performance by David Thewlis.