(I) (2004)

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Metascore

Based on 42 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
90
Funny, hurtful, splendidly acted.
88
Mike Nichols' haunting, hypnotic Closer vibrates with eroticism, bruising laughs and dynamite performances from four attractive actors doing decidedly unattractive things.
80
Here's a surprise: of the four actors in Closer, Clive Owen is the least famous, but he delivers the most memorable performance.
80
New York Magazine (Vulture)
Closer is marred by some drippy music courtesy of Damien Rice and a small-surprise ending that feels like gimmicky irony. But the film's core idea is compelling.
80
The A.V. Club
Dramatically leaps through time, covering months or sometimes years in the span of a single cut. The effect is jarring and exhilarating, but it also bucks the common idea that relationships deepen over time.
80
Dallas Observer
Full of intellectual stimulation as well as low, dark pleasures--"Carnal Knowledge" redux!
70
Variety
The caustic wit and brute force of Patrick Marber's acclaimed play come across with a softened edge in Mike Nichols' bigscreen version of Closer.
70
Village Voice
Closer casts a smugly amused eye on the human capacity for betrayal. But because it also seeks to congratulate its audience for its urbane unshockability, it never strays beyond the limits of middlebrow complacency.
67
Entertainment Weekly
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.
50
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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