Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
They are all so very articulate, which is refreshing in a time when literate and evocative speech has been devalued in the movies.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Mike Nichols' haunting, hypnotic Closer vibrates with eroticism, bruising laughs and dynamite performances from four attractive actors doing decidedly unattractive things.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
From Marber's fiercely polished writing, Nichols wrings every drop of acid, yet it's a show of the director's goodness that a movie fundamentally preoccupied with interpersonal ugliness is allowed to end on a convincing note of beauty.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Closer, in the end, lacks a certain heft. The language and the actions of the characters are brutal and devastating. The movie itself, a little too nice.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The last thing Marber's quartet of modern miserables needs is to be admired; they are the very worst of average people, but on screen they have become the very best of the baddest.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Offers a bleak though thought-provoking take on relationships. The challenge for the viewer is in caring enough to become invested in characters who seem hellbent on hurting one another.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Determined to be faithful to the strong, often shocking language and in-your-face drama in Marber's mannered writing, Nichols and his actors find no way to lift Closer into a realm that enlightens.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Despite four very strong performances, Closer is hard emotional work to sit through. It's impossible to empathize with either the viciously insecure Larry or the unscrupulous, childlike Dan.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Whenever Roberts is onscreen, Closer freezes and starts to atrophy. And when she's off, tender shoots of life begin to sprout.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Bring Zoloft and a tank of oxygen to Closer, an airless, ultimately joyless drama of sexual politics.
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65 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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