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Set in contemporary London, a story of passion, drama, love, and abandonment involving four strangers--their chance meetings, instant attractions and casual betrayals.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Like dramas by Pinter and others, what seems trenchant and perfectly pitched in the theater can come off as arch even when skillfully transferred to film."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Vibrates with eroticism, bruising laughs and dynamite performances from four attractive actors doing decidedly unattractive things."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The heart isn't a fist any more than the hand is a foot, and anyway there's no fist so tight that doesn't unfold into an open hand sometime. The movie is like a comedy someone dipped in a solvent."
‑ Richard von Busack, MetroActive
"With a better script, Closer could have been compelling romantic drama; instead, it's little more than clichéd nonsense."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"Four beautiful, despicable characters find everything but love in this borderline sadistic battle of words from Mike Nichols."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"Owen and Portman give excellent, committed performances, leaving Law and Roberts in the shade."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"If it makes you uncomfortable, or leaves you disturbed, it has only done its job."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Searing story of betrayal isn't for kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Nichols ... simply stuns with a beautiful production, excellent script, unconventional and rather hateful story, and excellent acting all around."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It's only as good as its cast. Fortunately, it's a good cast."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Closer, a lacerating four-character suite on the elusiveness of love and intimacy, finds Nichols returning to his roots without having lost his sardonic edge."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Closer has lots to offer: smart performances, archly funny dialogue and a feeling for the way a group of strangers can become so familiar that they're apt to rip one another to shreds."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Closer is no joke and it's got the brave, mature performances of an all-star cast to prove it. It's a movie in which characters feel each other up with their hands and knock each other down with words."
‑ Radheyan Simonpillai,
"Mike Nichols teases up a similar level of emotional dysfunction to "Carnal Knowledge" with a filmic rendition of Patrick Marber's stage play about sexual one-ups-man-ship."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Marber looks at farcical giddiness with a hard-won sobriety.... Closer is a voguish farce that, rather than making you wish you were like the characters, makes you wish that you hadn't been."
‑ Alan Dale,
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