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Closer Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    65

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times 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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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Bring Zoloft and a tank of oxygen to Closer, an airless, ultimately joyless drama of sexual politics.

  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter 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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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today 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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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly 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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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Searing story of betrayal isn't for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is filled with extremely adult material, with exceptionally explicit sexual references, including adultery and oral sex. There are scenes in a strip club. Characters drink, smoke, and use very strong, explicit, and graphic language. There are tense and upsetting scenes of jealousy, anger, and betrayal.

  • Families can talk about what the characters were really looking for. What did playwright/screenwriter Patrick Marber want to show us with the occupations of the four characters? What do we learn from the name on Alice's passport? Were Dan and Anna using Alice by writing the novel and taking her photo?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: None of the characters act very honorably.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Intense emotional confrontations, slap.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Extremely explicit sexual references and situations, strip club.

  • language false5

    Language: Extremely strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking and smoking.

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