Naked (1993)

David Thewlis' acclaimed performance stands at the bleak heart of Mike Leigh's black comedy Naked. Thewlis stars as Johnny, an intelligent but shiftless young Brit whose bitterness--at women, at the government, at God, and at… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 15, 1993
DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Naked lives up to its title with a thoroughly committed performance from David Thewlis that's backed up with some of Mike Leigh's most powerful direction.

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Naked is a revelation, a parable of spiritual homelessness and the terror it engenders.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

By the end of the film, there's even something vaguely inspirational about our antihero's painful journey through the bowels of his self-created hell.

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Quentin Curtis
Independent on Sunday

Once Johnny's babble of half-baked ideas and hand- me-down theology begins to pall, we're bogged down in the slough of despond, with only the banality of evil for company.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Mike Leigh's Naked is a great one -- a film of brutal impact, withering wit and humanity. It deserves one of the highest accolades movies can receive: Seeing it shakes you up, changes your vision.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Sorting out the intelligence from the hysteria is no easy matter, and the picture rubs our noses in this uncertainty so remorselessly that we sometimes forget that what we're watching is largely a comedy.

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Derek Malcolm

This is an astonishing film in a number of ways, a tour de force that's brilliantly played and written and directed with total conviction.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Thanks to David Thewlis' performance, which has been collecting prizes since last spring's Cannes Film Festival, Johnny's energy and ferocious wit outweigh his brutishness.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Thewlis, who won the best-actor prize at Cannes for a performance so perfectly perverse that much as you want to, you cannot turn away.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

If America's nightmare self-image is Bad Lieutenant, this is the British answer: just as driven, visionary and self-destructive but not needing an excess of drugs or blood to showcase human horrors.

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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
Ken Stachnik
A fascinating, touching, funny, horrifying, witty, uncomfortable and brilliant film by Mike Leigh. A tour de force performance by David Thewlis.
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
Gordon Anderson
Grim study of modern day existential angst with a career defining performance from Thewlis.