Closer Synopsis
Two couples experience problems when infidelity enters the mix.
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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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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Mike Nichols' haunting, hypnotic Closer vibrates with eroticism, bruising laughs and dynamite performances from four attractive actors...
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88

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...
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75

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...
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67

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...
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63

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...
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50

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...
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50

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...
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50

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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30

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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Exceptional, beautifully intense character & dialogue-focused movie.

By sandiana
Excellent, more like watching an intensely moving play than a movie. Beautifully directed and touching, emotional, raw performances. Definitely adult themes, but nothing offensive (unless the viewer...

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Rated R | For sequences of graphic sexual dialogue, nudity/sexuality and language