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Eyes Wide Shut Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 4.0
    68

    out of 100

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

  • 100

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    A precisely modulated and mostly mesmerizing 2¾-hour suspense movie, in part because it's one of the most bravely disturbing screen works ever attempted about thoughts withheld by even the most devoted marriage partners and the ramifications of voicing them.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    A spellbinder: provocatively conceived, gorgeously shot and masterfully executed.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The director's famously over-deliberate, pause-laden style verges, for the first time, on amateurville, and that gives us too much time to linger on the movie's more bizarre details.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The reconciliation at the end of the film is the one scene that doesn't work; a film that intrigues us because of its loose ends shouldn't try to tidy up.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    In terms of power and effect, Eyes Wide Shut approaches (but does not surpass) Kubrick's vintage work - it is thought-provoking and unsettling.

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  • See all Eyes Wide Shut reviews at Metacritic.com

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Disturbing and completely inappropriate for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a very adult film, with rampant female nudity, scenes that border on soft-core pornography, and a very mature treatment of the standard themes of jealousy and infidelity. All women are naked at some point, and (except for Alice) are junkies, prostitutes, or both. People abuse alcohol and marijuana. One character pimps his young teenage daughter.

  • Families can talk about the reaction of the main character, Dr. William Harford, to his wife's admission about a sexual fantasy that she once had about another man. Was his reaction justified? What alternative, perhaps even more productive, course of action could he have taken to deal with how he was feeling? Viewers could also talk about the representation of women in this film. Is it acceptable?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Most of the characters in this film engage in what is commonly considered deviant social behavior (e.g. drug use, sex with prostitutes, adultery). Some even openly encourage such behavior. The consequences for engaging in such behavior only falls upon prostitutes.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false5

    Sex: Female full frontal nudity, numerous sex scenes, an orgy scene, implied teenage prostitution.

  • language false5

    Language: Frequent use of all major curse words.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking, drug overdose, marijuana use.

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