Closer (2004)

Set in contemporary London, a story of passion, drama, love, and abandonment involving four strangers--their chance meetings, instant attractions and casual betrayals.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 3, 2004
DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Closer's talented cast and Mike Nichols' typically assured direction help smooth a bumpy journey from stage to screen.

Todd McCarthy

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.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Vibrates with eroticism, bruising laughs and dynamite performances from four attractive actors doing decidedly unattractive things.

Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Closer takes the traditional notion of romance and attempts to batter it into submission, mostly through the constant application of swear words.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Owen and Portman give excellent, committed performances, leaving Law and Roberts in the shade.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

If it makes you uncomfortable, or leaves you disturbed, it has only done its job.

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Richard von Busack

The heart isn't a fist any more than the hand is a foot, and anyway there's no fist so tight that doesn't unfold into an open hand sometime. The movie is like a comedy someone dipped in a solvent.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

Closer, a lacerating four-character suite on the elusiveness of love and intimacy, finds Nichols returning to his roots without having lost his sardonic edge.

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

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.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Searing story of betrayal isn't for kids.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
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Hello stranger. Depressingly adult anti-romance. Compare with the the similarly themed and entertaining Carnal Knowledge for a look at what I think is… More
Chris Weber
Based on a play (and written by that play's creator), this is a film about love, lust, relationships, betrayal, and a generalization about some, but not… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Once in a lifetime a film/play like this comes up, one that works as a true mirror to our own faults, flaws and vices, embodied by four fascinating,… More
Bethany Murphy
Quite a sexy film. Weird and unusual but the film is well written. A must see!
Wildaly M
I don't quite remember this film. Watched it a long time ago. Not particularly memorable I suppose.
xGary Xx
Mike Nichols directs a well observed and witty study of relationships based on the love quadrangle between two couples. Far from the usual sentimental drivel… More