Closer 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.
Sure, there's a rubber-necky attraction to watching these good-looking, half-baked creations living anguished, photogenic lifestyles. But it's unclear if we're supposed to feel engaged.
In Closer, a searing drama that dares speak the truth about modern adult relationships, it's hard to distinguish between sincere emotion and manipulation, between true caring and heartless self-interest.
Closer is an actor's showcase that looks a bit too much like an actor's showcase, but it still manages to satisfy thanks to an acerbic sense of humor and a passion for the follies of passion.