It does shock, I should say, in the way of men and women doing their psychological worst and most ruthless to push away those they have previously pulled close.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
In spite of the teasing promise of its title, Mike Nichols's deft drama does everything it can to push you away.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
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.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
It's about getting closer, but the hurting part is about getting farther.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
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.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
At 73, Nichols is in peak form.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
More than three decades after the frank sex-talk of Nichols's early triumphs, Closer offers only a cozy and barely fashionable cynicism.
Dennis Lim - Village Voice
Despite four very strong performances, Closer is hard emotional work to sit through.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
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.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
With crackling dialogue, Closer reaches out and grabs all but the most reluctant viewer. Some spectators will be bored, but more will be shaken and stirred.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
Its meditation on power may not be everyone's cup of tea. But for those who prefer Earl Grey to camomile it works a dark magic.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Nichols is back, his instincts for intimacy as cutting as ever...
Ken Tucker - New York Magazine
Owen alone, in Closer, rises to the challenge.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
There's a creepy fascination in the way these four characters stage their affairs while occupying impeccable lifestyles.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
It's a pleasure to see material this intelligent, a cast this inspired -- and Nichols in his Carnal Knowledge prime, operating with cold, silky expertise.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
Portman, well, she shines. It's a performance that really does mark her entrance into movie adulthood.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
There's not an American filmmaker who better understands the scheming perversity and self-deception lurking beneath our passions.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
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.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Next to Closer, most on-screen relationships seem too neat and polite, with tears shed only for effect, and feelings bruised but never really damaged.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
An extremely well-executed entertainment exclusively for grown-ups.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
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.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Impeccably acted and directed -- but quite icy.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
This smart and unsettling new Mike Nichols relationship drama follows two couples through the back alleys of love and commitment, with tour guides who don't seem to grasp what those words mean.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
There are moments in Closer when the truth not only hurts, it claws the skin away.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Essentially, this whole picture is a tombstone to love.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Feels so remote that it renders itself inconsequential.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
I have to confess: I love it when big movie stars talk dirty.
David Edelstein - Slate
Not to be missed.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Some may find it 'honest' or 'revealing.' Many others may recognize how shallow, even debased, the characters are, each in his or her own way bent on destructive behavior certain to sabotage love relationships.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Funny, hurtful, splendidly acted.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Vibrates with eroticism, bruising laughs and dynamite performances from four attractive actors doing decidedly unattractive things.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
It's all dressed up but, frankly, it's got nowhere of interest to go.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Searing story of betrayal isn't for kids.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Closer is no joke and it's got the brave, mature performances of an all-star cast to prove it. It's a movie in which characters feel each other up with their hands and knock each other down with words.
Radheyan Simonpillai - AskMen.com
With a better script, Closer could have been compelling romantic drama; instead, it's little more than cliched nonsense.
Gabe Leibowitz - Film and Felt
Nichols ... simply stuns with a beautiful production, excellent script, unconventional and rather hateful story, and excellent acting all around.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Mike Nichols teases up a similar level of emotional dysfunction to "Carnal Knowledge" with a filmic rendition of Patrick Marber's stage play about sexual one-ups-man-ship.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Four beautiful, despicable characters find everything but love in this borderline sadistic battle of words from Mike Nichols.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
It's only as good as its cast. Fortunately, it's a good cast.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Marber looks at farcical giddiness with a hard-won sobriety.... Closer is a voguish farce that, rather than making you wish you were like the characters, makes you wish that you hadn't been.
Alan Dale - Blogcritics.org
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Owen and Portman give excellent, committed performances, leaving Law and Roberts in the shade.
Dave Calhoun - Time Out
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
Brian Rentschler - ScreenRant
Thanks to Marber's whiplash dialogue, the cast suffer with an eloquence that's uncommon in the movies, but that's about as far as it goes.
Jason Blake - Sydney Morning Herald
Fortunately for Nichols, Marber's script is smart enough and often uncomfortably amusing, and the talent he's arrayed all live up to their marquee status. Even Roberts.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
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.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
...directors like Peter Greenaway and Mike Leigh have examined sexual politics and cruelty with results that are significantly more profound.
Uri Lessing - www.kcactive.com
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
Competently acted, theatrically staged.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
"Closer" isn't the kind of film just any audience would enjoy. The film features complex sexual and relationship themes that might leave some viewers cold.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
The dialogue is often lacerating, as lovers wield words like lashes, striking out to get what they desire.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Offers a cynical and pessimistic look at the ongoing Sexual Revolution.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Since we only glimpse these personalities when they are threatened, the fun of the movie becomes trying to guess which behavior is genuine, and which is a means of defense.
Brian Juergens - Freeze Dried Movies
Surely the most divisive film about modern relations since Eyes Wide Shut.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Portman, with her big, eager eyes and knowing, seductive smile ... lifts the movie up to another level.
Kurt Loder - MTV
Marber's script is wonderfully thorough in its exploration of the permutations of desire and betrayal, and the cast serve it brilliantly.
Robert Hanks - Independent
I'm still not entirely sure that Closer adds up to anything meaningful, but it is a fascinating portrait of some unredeemably awful people who don't seem to mind the fact that they're unredeemably awful.
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
Man, you'd expect a movie with this much sex talk in it to be, well, sexier.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Loin de la piece de theatre filmee, Closer est une adaptation intelligente et en tout point reussie.
Louis-Jerome Cloutier - Panorama
All the performances are strong, with Portman especially fearless and Owen simply fearsome as a man driven by his base instincts.
Stella Papamichael - BBC
"Closer" is a raw and stimulating film filled with excellent performances and an exotic script!
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
Closer is meant to be a commentary on relationships in the 21st century, but let's not read too much into it. By the end of the film, it already has read too much into itself.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Se trata, en todo caso, de una exploracion madura e inteligente del amor, la infidelidad y los misterios del relacionamiento humano (...)
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
Closer is a startling and fascinating film that is both revealing and challenging, as it toys with the enormity of love and commitment.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
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Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Doesn't shed a whole lot of light on actual relationships, because none of the ones in the film seem believable.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
There is, however, a certain illicit thrill in seeing [Julia Roberts] shout obscenities at Clive Owen; the break-up scene between Larry and Anna is a definite highlight.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Intimacy both attracts and repels in this smart, modern and biting treatment of love's endless merry-go-round.
Anton Bitel - Movie Gazette
The story is masterfully told and the acting is superb.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
'...watching four incredibly sexy actors withhold their mojo to play this emptiness is neither enlightening nor engaging.'
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
To quote the haunting Damien Rice song that bookends the film, you can't take your eyes off of it.
Paul Matwychuk - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
A better movie back when it was called Your Friends & Neighbors and directed by Neil LaBute.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
There are no fight scenes. No criminal activity. No fatalities. There isn't even any sex. But in its own way, Closer is one of the edgiest movies of the year.
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
The camera spends much time on the actors' faces, whose spouting fumaroles manage to keep us interested by pace if not by virtue.
Mark Collette - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Una pelcula para pensar, cuestionar y reflexionar ms de una vez Somos realmente as de bestiales?
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
Brave is not a word I use often, but here it is clearly deserved.
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
May not make for the most pleasant of viewing, but it is certainly engrossing and, unlike the characters, more than a little truthful.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Director Mike Nichols isn't shy about stylization and this play turned film which characterizes the heart as a 'fist covered in blood' needs that vote of confidence.
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
Four people marry, divorce, hop into one another's beds, talk dirty, and make each other miserable... Why did anyone think this would make for an entertaining movie?
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
The ultimate 'sex as revenge' flick.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Michelle Thomas - Future Movies UK
Thomas Peyser - Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Almost too close!
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
None of the characters is particularly likable, and they all do and say terrible things to one another, but they never devolve into anything less than human.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
As Closer unspooled I found myself wishing that Nichols had done something a little more unsparing.Then I remembered that he already has: Carnal Knowlege.
D.K. Holm - Movie Poop Shoot
Elegant, spare, flawlessly acted, and directed with great style by a masterful filmmaker, Closer is much easier to admire than actually like.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Despite formidable performances by Roberts, Law, Portman, and Owen, Mike Nichols's Closer is weakened by both its source material and odd directorial decision making.
David N. Butterworth - Movie Boeuf
...it's hard to resist the genuinely adult nature of the film - an increasingly rare thing these days.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Christy Lemire - Journal News (Westchester, NY)
Portman steals the show with an astonishingly layered performance as the spiky but vulnerable Alice. Even without the rest of the film's genius, she's worth the price of a ticket.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
[A] chilly, caustic, foul-mouthed anatomy of modern romance.
David Ansen - Newsweek
This is an entirely useless picture. Too bad so much good work went into it..
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Magnificent acting; quirky, unusual script; exceptional directing; I liked it; lots of people won't.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
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.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
A relentlessly nasty film adapted from Patrick Marber's play that manages to win you over despite the fact that all four of its characters are clearly marked 'damaged goods.'
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Dan Callahan - ToxicUniverse.com
Glenn Kenny - Premiere Magazine
An excellent example of imagining lives for no greater reason than that one can.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
If it makes you uncomfortable, or leaves you disturbed, it has only done its job.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Nichols tarts up the staginess with a breezily achronological narrative and motifs involving aquariums and smoking, but Closer is too closed for discomfort.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
A bleakly Darwinist view of the mating game....The Hollywood cast upgrades make us even less sympathetic to Marber's nasty quartet.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Sex, lies and betrayal form a high-stakes game of love in Mike Nichols' Closer.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Underneath the hard-hitting wordplay lurks a crafty relationship drama. Complex and challenging, it plays out like a game of championship chess.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
Its life expectancy will rest on its stellar cast, Marber's dialogue and Nichol's intelligent guidance. It sure won't be for the emotional content or its grasp on morality.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Great performances of repellant, compelling characters in an intimate film that left an interesting, complex, but bad taste in my mouth.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Stage adaptation about love, lust and lies in London feels a little staged, even with an electric cast.
James Rocchi - Netflix
One of 2004's best, this unpredictable shell game dazzles with savage truth, its harsh, ugly discourse reminiscent of Neil LaBute before he softened into repetition.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Bad Pinter meets bad Updike, dancing to the rat-a-tat rhythms of an ER episode.
John Anderson - Newsday
Susan Tavernetti - Palo Alto Weekly
Dissects modern romance with a plastic spoon.
Mark Sells - Oregon Herald
There's no connective tissue among the conflicts, thus the conflicts come across as cold and essentially meaningless; verbal and emotional violence for its own sake.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Succeeds as an exercise for the excellent Nichols, even when its theatrical origins fight with the medium of film.
Erica Abeel - Film Journal International
It was basically a porno with no nudity.
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi - Broomfield Enterprise
I appreciated its tough look at sexual gamesmanship, but I'm not eager to see these sad and deservedly lonely characters again anytime soon.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
A wonderfully acted depiction of the ultimate male fantasy gone sour.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
An uncommonly engrossing and romantically cynical drama.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
It caters to middlebrow superiority: To praise Closer as well-observed is to condemn its subjects behaviour.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
An observant, probing and uncomfortable relationship quarrel between selfish, morally bankrupt but multilayered individuals.
Sean O'Connell - Eclipse Magazine
This isn't your mother's Julia Roberts movie.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Nasty, crass, ill-conceived, illogically vulgar, and obvious. And that's just Julia Roberts!
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
We don't find ourselves particularly liking any of these characters, yet we are utterly fascinated by them.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Set in contemporary London, Closer is funny at times, and sometimes nerve wracking. There are loads of time leaps to follow, so don't leave your seat.
Vince Koehler - Entertainment Spectrum
An ingeniously structured screenplay and scorching performances exemplify Mike Nichols' interpretation of Patrick Marber's exquisite play, "Closer."**
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
It's too cold to be moving, but not cold enough to be shocking.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
...se concentre sur les pires moments des relations amoureuses et les plus bas instincts des hommes, en escamotant toute la partie heureuse des relations amoureuses.
Nicolas Lacroix - EnPrimeur.ca
Drop the "C" from the title and you have my opinion of this movie
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
... a refreshing backlash against the typical romantic comedy... intentionally devoid of Hollywood happiness...
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
The film struggles for relationship realism, but comes up confused.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
If characters are totally self-absorbed and don't care for each other, it's hard for an audience to form an emotional connection with them or care about their relationships.
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
The unrelenting seediness and, most crucially, the lack of a character which the audience is willing to side with takes a toll.
Andrew Wright - The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
The movie is intricately plotted (taking sudden leaps in time and perspective) but flawlessly lucid.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
If you can withstand the initial burst of salty language and severe dysfunction, there's a certain joy in seeing these characters get their just deserts. And not to give too much away, at least a couple of them do.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
three interesting performances and one stellar one (Owen), but ... there is little emotional investment to be had in the characters' self-induced romantic messes
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
The film is pitched with the same pace and distance as the play; characters chatter on in neat, clipped little sound bites that sound very little like real conversation.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Closer defies genre. It’s the kind of movie that drives the Blockbuster clerk who's reshelving videos crazy...but it knows exactly what it wants to be: dizzying.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
You won't be able to take your eyes off of them. Just warn your date beforehand.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Closer has clever dialogue and scenes that are alive to all the treachery and nuance of sexual intrigue.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
It has a lot to say about the human condition and what we're willing to go through in order to find and keep love.
(CNN.com) Paul Clinton - CNN.com
My desire to give all four a bracing slap didn't prevent me from thinking that somewhere, in a universe I've been fortunate never to inhabit, people play exactly these sorts of games.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
It's written and filmed with great intelligence, and performed fearlessly.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Nichols...tears into this material with both hands, pushing his cast to their emotional limits as the misery-go-round turns again and again.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
A few rousing moments do not an overall cogent narrative make.
Brent Simon - Now Playing Magazine
It's not emotional closeness these connection junkies want. It's merely to close the deal and seal another conquest.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Do you really know that person you live with? Maybe.
John Venable - Supercala.com
By the end, you will loathe these people. And yet you will be unable to turn away from their story.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
'Closer' apparently exists as a movie because the director admired the play, not because the play benefits from being 'opened up' for filming...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Devolves into a series of opposite-gender matches, increasingly unsubtle.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
It's in its aspiration to depict deceit and obsession, selfishness and recklessness, bitterness, revenge and fury that the film's power lies.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
It's ugly, but true. Closer is like the 'smoker's lung' billboard. But instead of showing diseased lungs, it exposes hearts ruined by lies, pride, and jealousy.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Christianity Today
Even though he gets last billing, it's Clive Owen who really shines. This is is a role that will get him noticed.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Breathtakingly cruel and quietly devastating, Mike Nichols' adaptation of Patrick Marber's acclaimed play peers beneath the sheets as two couples wrestle with their own self-destructive impulses.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Sarah Chauncey - Reel.com
What is so alluring about Patrick Marber's script, adapted from his award-winning stage play, is that it mimics the way we remember love affairs.
Annlee Ellingson - Boxoffice Magazine
Nichols is too craftily experienced (man, is he experienced) not to give each actor good innings.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Like its misbegotten quartet of manipulative lovers, the movie offers only intermittent satisfaction.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
... you're so conscious of the vehicle's artifice, so aware of actors performing, that it's difficult to react to them as living, breathing characters ...
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Sexy, deliciously perverse and oozing with immorality.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Aufmuth.com
A better name for this movie would be Four Beautiful People Cheating on Each Other.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
Closer plays a little like a sad jazzy score - fascinating to experience even after realizing it's going to break your heart.
Jeffrey Bruner - Des Moines Register
Closer isn't a pleasant night at the movies. Nevertheless, its emotional brutality is breathtaking.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
The film is an emotional Rorschach test for viewers, suggesting a sadly diminishing role for affection and trust in modern relationships.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Closer is a dangerous, honest film that cuts deeply with its collage of romantic idealism, cancerous suspicion, and perfect performances.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Closer is one of those rarer-than-rare movies these days -- it's a film about adults for adults.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
Closer struggles formidably to come up with something to say about modern-day relationships, but all you're left with is the struggle.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
The cast is fantastic in a film that's hard to enjoy.
Paul Salfen - Supercala.com
Everything about Closer -- from its four wonderful performances to Nichols' stunning work -- looks and feels perfect.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
"These photographs make sadness so beautiful that it's a lie."
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Dialogue as riveting as Marber's, delivered by four first-rate actors in peak form, transcends the tricky transition [from the stage] to the screen.
Arthur Lazere - culturevulture.net
The dialogue rewards us for playing close attention.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
This is director Mike Nichols' best theatrical effort in years.
Bob Longino - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
While the technique significantly streamlines things, it also strips away whatever makes us sympathize with or better understand the characters, leaving love and sex as unintelligible as ever.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Closer gets about as close as it gets to showing how love sometimes makes people do awful things to each other.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
Strangers becoming lovers, lovers becoming estranged: the paradox of oh-so-modern coupling keeps the home fires burning in Patrick Marber's astringent Closer.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
You're going to see some powerful acting for sure, certainly enough to recommend the film, but one which ultimately just doesn't add up to much.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
A prime example of how a script can find a precious breath of life, thus escaping from a chasm of doom, by finding just the right combination of actors and director.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
It's a rare film in that it thoroughly involves the audience without presenting a likable character.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Closer, way too stagy to be a movie, makes minutes feel like hours -- think Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf on Valium.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
An excellent series of scenes that don't quite make a movie.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
This film is more clever than wise, and it is not as clever as it thinks it is.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
How you relate to the movie probably will be a function of where you are in your own love life. Either you will find it to be wound-salving honesty or a pointlessly pessimistic waste of your time.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The kind of drama that some will find provocative and groundbreaking; I just find it mean spirited.
Jamie Gillies - Apollo Guide
[The characters'] allegiances shift so relentlessly and drastically that we are unable to tune into who they are.
Anthony Del Valle - Las Vegas Mercury
Very adult, and very clever.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
The writing is clever and arch but the leaps in time are confusing.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
It's a movie that demands more than one viewing to absorb all its ideas and feelings.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
A formerly startling string of episodes has become a prurient, static exercise in monochromatic tongue-lashing.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
Closer is a scorching examination of the shadow side of love and the use of language as a weapon of mass destruction in intimate relationships.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Like [Neil] LaBute Lite--not nearly as sharp or stinging in terms of plot, and much more likely to fall back on repetition of the 'F' word to generate a reaction.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
...saved from its implausible emotional overtures by its unvarnished emotional minutiae.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
I hope Closer doesn't win an Oscar, or I'll have to see 10 more like it next year.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
like watching a terrible train wreck in excruciatingly slow motion
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Heavy on a dialogue that cycles through clever, humorous, tedious, "Closer" examines love & commitment (& infractions thereof). Lacks emotive connection with audience.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
'Owen pretty much explodes onto the screen in what is sure to be remembered as his star making role.'
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
The sex talk may distract from this fascinating look at bad things happening to bad people but the performances provide the real heat.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
Terrific performances by Owen, Portman, Roberts, and Law
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
The sumptuous performances and tantalizing dialogue make even the most detestable of human behavior uncontrollably fascinating.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Beautiful people's selfish sex lives, tears, and glossy infidelity. Owen and Law weep for Roberts.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
It's hard to tell whether Closer will be as controversial as Carnal Knowledge was in 1971, when it appeared during the sexual revolution and women's lib.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
One of the most viciously insightful relationship films this side of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
With its pretty close-ups of pretty actors and pretty slow-motion shots set to pretty songs, Closer is scarcely complex-it's just, well, precious.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine