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Closer

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2004

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Director:
Mike Nichols
Released:
2004
Rating:
R
Closer, written by Patrick Marber and based upon his award-winning play of the same name, is a movie directed by legendary filmmaker Mike Nichols. The film follows the lives of four intertwined individuals played by some of Hollywood’s leading actors: Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, and Clive Owen. Dan (Jude Law) is a struggling writing getting by through writing obituaries for the local paper. Through a wild chance encounter, Dan meets Alice (Natalie Portman), and the two quickly fall into an intense relationship, catapulting Dan back into his novel career. For his upcoming book, Dan hires Anna (Julia Roberts) to take his photo for the book’s cover jacket. Though Anna is married to Larry (Clive Owen), Dan can’t get her out of his head, with the two eventually coming together and becoming lovers. The film manages to weave a deliciously wild web of drama, jealousy, love, and heartbreak through the four protagonists’ actions, exposing not only their deepest desires but their deepest flaws as well.moreless

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  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    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.

  • 60

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Unlike most movie love stories, Closer does have the virtue of unpredictability. The problem is that, while parts are provocative and forceful, the film as a whole collapses into a...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Despite involved acting and Nichols' impeccable professionalism as a director, the end result is, to quote one of the characters, "a bunch of sad strangers photographed beautifully."

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