MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 150 this week

In the Cut (2003)

R  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  31 October 2003 (USA)
5.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.3/10 from 17,777 users   Metascore: 46/100
Reviews: 353 user | 131 critic | 38 from Metacritic.com

New York writing professor, Frannie Avery, has an affair with a police detective who is investigating the murder of a beautiful young woman in her neighborhood.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 titles
created 16 Sep 2011
 
a list of 39 titles
created 17 Jan 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 23 Feb 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 25 Mar 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "In the Cut" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: In the Cut (2003)

In the Cut (2003) on IMDb 5.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of In the Cut.

User Polls

1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sweetie (1989)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Based solely on a tea leaf reading, superstitious and introspective Kay believes she and Louis are destined to fall in love with each other, he who she is able to convince of the same ... See full summary »

Director: Jane Campion
Stars: Geneviève Lemon, Karen Colston, Tom Lycos
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A fictional story inspired by North America's most famous female boxing promoter, Jackie Kallen. Her struggle to survive and succeed in a male dominated sport.

Director: Charles S. Dutton
Stars: Meg Ryan, Omar Epps, Charles S. Dutton
Holy Smoke (1999)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

While on a journey of discovery in exotic India, beautiful young Ruth Barron falls under the influence of a charismatic religious guru. Her desperate parents then hire PJ Waters, a macho ... See full summary »

Director: Jane Campion
Stars: Kate Winslet, Harvey Keitel, Julie Hamilton
The Deal I (2008)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A down-and-out film producer agrees to make his nephew's film about 19th century English statesman Benjamin Disraeli, but can only get financing if he casts a well-known action star. ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Schachter
Stars: William H. Macy, Meg Ryan, LL Cool J
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An indiscretion between two close friends tears down their respective marriages.

Director: John Curran
Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Laura Dern, Peter Krause
XX/XY (2002)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Three friends begin a dangerous three-way relationship that spirals out of control, leading to dire consequences that haunt them ten years later.

Director: Austin Chick
Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Kathleen Robertson, Maya Stange
Bright Star (2009)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The three-year romance between 19th-century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne near the end of his life.

Director: Jane Campion
Stars: Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw, Paul Schneider
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A high-powered attorney duct tapes her adulterous husband to the toilet ... right before their home is invaded by burglars.

Director: Cheryl Hines
Stars: Meg Ryan, Timothy Hutton, Kristen Bell
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In 1920s and 1930s New Zealand, Janet Frame grows up in a poor family with lots of brothers and sisters. Already at an early age she is different from the other kids. She gets an education ... See full summary »

Director: Jane Campion
Stars: Kerry Fox, Alexia Keogh, Karen Fergusson
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: Joan Micklin Silver
Stars: Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, Mark Ruffalo
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A look at three girls, young teens, in the era of the Beatles. Pam lives with parents who haven't spoken directly to each other in two years, using their daughters to talk across the table ... See full summary »

Director: Jane Campion
Stars: Gabrielle Shornegg, Geraldine Haywood, Marina Knight
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An American girl inherits a fortune and falls into a misguided relationship with a gentleman confidence artist whose true nature, including a barbed and covetous disposition, turns her life into a nightmare.

Director: Jane Campion
Stars: Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich, Barbara Hershey
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Frannie's Young Father (as Micheal Nuccio)
Allison Nega ...
Young Father's Fiancee (as Alison Nega)
Dominick Aries ...
Susan Gardner ...
...
...
...
Daniel T. Booth ...
...
...
...
...
Frannie's Student (as Zack Wegner)
...
Edit

Storyline

Following the gruesome murder of a young woman in her neighborhood, a self-determined woman living in New York City--as if to test the limits of her own safety--propels herself into an impossibly risky sexual liaison. Soon she grows increasingly wary about the motives of every man with whom she has contact--and about her own. Written by MooVe <Man@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Everything you know about desire is dead wrong.

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality including explicit dialogue, nudity, graphic crime scenes and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

31 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En carne viva  »

Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$97,625 (USA) (24 October 2003)

Gross:

$239,152 (Japan) (2 April 2004)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Nicole Kidman was originally cast as Frannie Thorstin. See more »

Goofs

After Frannie and Malloy's first intimate encounter, Malloy is dressing as Frannie realizes she has lost one of the charms from her bracelet. Malloy is buttoning his shirt and working on putting on his tie. When he turns to help Frannie look in the bed, his shirt and tie are on perfectly. Yet the next shot has him again adjusting the shirt & tie with the collar up. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Pauline: What does "broccoli" mean"?
Frannie: Depends on the context. Pubic hair or marijuana. It's a noun.
Pauline: And "Virginia"?
Frannie: Vagina. As in, "He penetrated her Virginia with a hammer".
See more »

Crazy Credits

Filmed 100% in New York city. See more »

Connections

Referenced in At the Movies: Summer Special 2009/10 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

A Blossom Fell
Written by Howard Barnes and Harry Fields
Performed by Diana Krall
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

A Cut Above
7 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Meg Ryan gives what may well be the breakthrough performance of her career in 'In the Cut,' a violent, erotic thriller from maverick filmmaker Jane Campion. Ryan plays Frannie, a college English instructor who is instinctively drawn to the seamier side of life. When women in her Manhattan neighborhood start falling victim to a grizzly serial killer, Frannie, as a possible witness, becomes a prime source of interest, both professionally and personally, for a homicide detective named Malloy, who has some troubling sexual proclivities of his own to deal with. Attracted by his edgy darkness and smoldering sexuality, Frannie succumbs to his advances, fully cognizant of the possible danger he represents. Is the law enforcement official as much of a threat to this young woman as the psychopath going about town decapitating and dismembering the local ladies? It is this kind of moral ambiguity that informs the entire movie.

From the very outset, Campion makes it clear that we are not in for a conventional police procedural. She is obviously more interested in character and mood than in the niceties of a well-oiled plot and streamlined exposition. Frannie is far from being the helpless victim or plucky heroine one usually finds at the center of such tales; she is a complex, moody, taciturn woman who seems to be drifting passively through life, with little passion, conviction or purpose to make any of it worthwhile. Even when it comes to her sexual obsessions, it often feels as if she is just going through the motions. It is hard for us to get a bead on her, for she is a perfect reflection of the world she inhabits, a world without a clear moral compass - so much so that we often don't know what we are supposed to think of her or the other people with whom she comes in contact. The script plays up the sense of dislocation by having characters appear and disappear seemingly at random throughout the movie, sometimes serving as little more than red herrings for both the story and Frannie's life. This often makes it so that we in the audience feel clueless as to where exactly the film is headed and what the overall purpose of it really is. It's often hard for us to get our bearings, yet, it is this very ambiguity, this sense of being rudderless and confused, that lifts the film above the tired conventions of the genre. In fact, the film is at its weakest when it concentrates on the intricacies of the plot - the resolution is remarkably mundane - and at its strongest when it merely records the eccentricities and passions of its two enigmatic characters.

The sexual content of the film is highly charged but not overtly offensive, with one glaring exception, at least in the 'unrated' version (I assume this does not apply to the version released to theaters). Early in the film, we are treated to a graphic, hard core close-up of an act of fellatio that clearly is not simulated. Consider yourself forewarned.

Ryan has never been better than she is here. She plays Frannie almost as if she were one of the urban walking dead, just right for a modern woman who feels no real emotional connection with the world and the people around her.

Mark Ruffalo is excellent as the cop who may be more of a threat to Frannie than the killer who's terrorizing the area. Almost as an afterthought, Kevin Bacon makes little more than a cameo appearance, overacting in the role of Frannie's stalker ex-boyfriend.

'In the Cut' is a subtle little mood piece that is more about observing behavior than it is about searching for a killer. Those looking for an intensely plotted thriller may not be as intrigued by this film as those searching for a psychosexual character study. It's the atmosphere and the performances that count in this film.


114 of 170 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
nicole kid... i mean meg ryan .. afbm
Mark Ruffalo is soooo hot in this movie tabitharice
Very Underated... davidkr123
OMG Meg Ryan gets naked! pug32
Malloy could still be the killer in the end? mesaydayo
This movie made me feel guilty for being male......... ludde05
Discuss In the Cut (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page