Bitter Moon
Bitter Moon (1992)

Roman Polanski, Gerard Brach, and John Brownjohn adapted Pascal Bruckner's novel for this erotic, funny, and frequently twisted story of a shipboard romance that has a decidedly sadomasochistic edge. Cinematography by Tonino Delli… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1992
DVD Release Date: June 3, 2003
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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.

Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] A be-all-and-end-all example of erotic drama...

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Derek Elley

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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TV 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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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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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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Stephen M
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Ross Collins
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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.
Doctor Strangeblog
Supposed to be trashy fun, but it's mostly just trashy.