Best Honest Movies

  • Closer

    Closer (R, 2004)

    Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen, Colin Stinton
    Patrick Marber's acclaimed stage drama about the romantic interactions of four people has been given... read more a reverent screen adaptation by director and producer Mike Nichols. Dan (Jude Law) is a writer in London who wants to finish a novel, but in the meantime supports himself by writing obituaries. One day he chances upon Alice (Natalie Portman), a beautiful young American expatriate, working as a stripper, when he sees her get hit by a car. Alice immediately falls for Dan, and gives him her love without reservation. Dan is initially enchanted with Alice, and returns her affection, but while she inspires him to write his novel (based on her life), her neediness begins to wear on him. Anna (Julia Roberts) is a photographer who is hired to take a portrait of Dan for the dust jacket of his book; Dan is attracted to her easy confidence, and while the two of them flirt, Anna soon (inadvertently through Dan's playful machinations) meets Larry (Clive Owen), a dermatologist, and marries him. Dan can't get Anna out of his mind even though she's married, and the two become lovers, but Dan is frustrated by the fact that Anna is reluctant to leave Larry for him. Patrick Marber wrote the screenplay for this adaptation of Closer; it was the playwright's first feature-film credit. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
    • fb1246235947
      fb1246235947: An honest look at relationships, which makes it so hard to watch. Yet you can't stop watching anyway.
      Reviewed 15 months days ago
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      fb1362990075: Good luck on finding a more honest depiction of the ugly side in relationships.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • nicholsonisgod
      nicholsonisgod: s brutal yet not-subtle way of describing human fornication, it describes how we view sex in a very honest way. This film is so originall and wonderfully written. The actors/actresses seem to have no
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
  • The Squid and the Whale

    The Squid and the Whale (R, 2005)

    Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline, William Baldwin
    Two boys learn the hard way about how a marriage falls apart in this independent comedy drama. Berna... read morerd (Jeff Daniels) is a novelist whose career has gone into a slow decline as he spends more time teaching and less time writing. His wife, Joan (Laura Linney), meanwhile, has recently begun publishing her own work to widespread acclaim, which only increases the growing tension between them. One day, Bernard and Joan's two sons -- 16-year-old Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) and 12-year-old Frank (Owen Kline) -- are told that their parents are separating, with Bernard renting a house on the other side of their Park Slope, Brooklyn, neighborhood. As the parents set up a schedule for spending time with their children, Walt and Jesse can hardly imagine that things could get more combative between their folks, but they do, as Joan begins dating Ivan (William Baldwin), Frank's tennis instructor, and Bernard starts sharing the house with Lili (Anna Paquin), one of his students. Meanwhile, the two boys begin taking sides in the battle between their parents, with Walt taking after his father and Frank siding with his mom. Based on writer/director Noah Baumbach's own childhood experiences with his parents' divorce, The Squid and the Whale won prizes for writing and direction at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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      fb523485533: Painful to watch at times because it is brutally honest. Jeff Daniels should have been awarded something for his performance and this film should've
      Reviewed 15 months days ago
    • 5oclockcoffee
      5oclockcoffee: .

      Noah Baumbach gives us not only an honest portrayal of a marriage falling apart and the difficults of growing up, but also the process
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • MisterMarvelous
      MisterMarvelous: . But I was very suprised at how well done this movie was. What you have here is a brutally honest and unflinching depiction of the downfall of a middle class family. The level of realism that
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
  • The Last Kiss

    The Last Kiss (R, 2006)

    Zach Braff, Jacinda Barrett, Casey Affleck, Rachel Bilson, Michael Weston
    A successful 30-year-old (Zach Braff) with a the perfect girlfriend (Jacinda Barrett) and a lucrativ... read moree outlook on life struggles with the increasing pressures of adulthood as he weighs the merits of settling down with the woman who loves him against risking it all to be with a comely co-ed (Rachel Bilson) in director Tony Goldwyn's remake of Gabriele Muccino's 2001 comedy drama. Crash and Million Dollar Baby screenwriter Paul Haggis adapts a script originally penned by Italian filmmaker Muccino, and Casey Affleck, Blythe Danner, Eric Christian Olsen, and Tom Wilkinson co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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      xXxXHorrorFanxXxX: . The father urges Michael to be completely honest and never stop trying. Equipped with his wisdom, Michael goes into Jenna's room. On the verge
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • filmview
      filmview:'s a very honest piece of filmmaking ala Garden State (though without the occasional bits of pretentiousness t
      Reviewed 7 years days ago
    • tiffing
      tiffing: Depressing yet uplifting, and totally honest, this is one of the best depictions I've seen of facing the challenges of settling down...gre
      Reviewed 7 years days ago
  • Rachel Getting Married

    Rachel Getting Married (R, 2008)

    Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Bill Irwin, Tunde Adebimpe, Debra Winger
    Lingering tensions clash with new hopes in director Jonathan Demme's ensemble drama set during an id... read moreyllic wedding that threatens to descend into chaos with the appearance of the bride's estranged sister -- a volatile and unpredictable girl whose turbulent history of personal crisis and family conflict quickly threatens to take precedence over the happy ceremony. Rachel Buchman (Rosemarie DeWitt) is about to be married to the love of her life, but while the weather outside may be perfect, there's a storm blowing in. That storm goes by the name Kym (Anne Hathaway). Kym is the family black sheep, and wherever she goes disaster is sure to follow. Now, as friends and family gather together for a memorable day of dining, dancing, and celebration, everyone braces themselves knowing that, at any given moment, old skeletons may be dragged out and dusted off for display by the bombshell who seems to have an acerbic one-liner for every situation, and a flare for drama that could set their family home ablaze. Bill Irwin and Debra Winger co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • itrobertson
      itrobertson: . The wedding scene takes too long, but the rest of the film stays honest and feels lived in.
      Reviewed 21 months days ago
    • ajquioc
      ajquioc: on, she is really fit for that kind of role, and beyond that, this is one of the most realistic and honest films I've ever seen that sets in and out on a wedding celebration. This is how filmmakers sh
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      fb519073147: . Wonderful. Those who like Hollywood glitz (typical movies) won't like it but if bare-bones, honest performances are exhilarating to you (as they are me) you'll love it.
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
  • 50/50

    50/50 (R, 2011)

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anjelica Huston
    Inspired by a true story, 50/50 is an original story about friendship, love, survival and finding hu... read moremor in unlikely places. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen star as best friends whose lives are changed by a cancer diagnosis in this new comedy directed by Jonathan Levine from a script by Will Reiser. 50/50 is the story of a guy's transformative and, yes, sometimes funny journey to health - drawing its emotional core from Will Reiser's own experience with cancer and reminding us that friendship and love, no matter what bizarre turns they take, are the greatest healers. -- (C) Summit Entertainment