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Eyes Wide Shut

drama, romance, thrillers


Tom Cruise plays a doctor who is married to an art curator. One day his wife admits that she almost cheated on him and that leads Cruise's character through an odyssey of sexual and moral discovery.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    78%
  • Audience Score
    73%

common sense

NOT FOR KIDS 0
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
5 out of 5
Violence
0 out of 5

Disturbing and completely inappropriate for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a very adult film, with rampant female nudity, scenes that border on soft-core pornography, and a very mature treatment of the standard themes of jealousy and infidelity. All women are naked at some point, and (except for Alice) are junkies, prostitutes, or both. People abuse alcohol and marijuana. One character pimps his young teenage daughter.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the reaction of the main character, Dr. William Harford, to his wife's admission about a sexual fantasy that she once had about another man. Was his reaction justified? What alternative, perhaps even more productive, course of action could he have taken to deal with how he was feeling? Viewers could also talk about the representation of women in this film. Is it acceptable?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    78%
    reviews counted: 28
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  • Audience

    73%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: I kept my eyes wide open all through Eyes Wide Shut and saw more control-freak unreality than visual genius around the edges of the cluttered compositions.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Friday, April 27, 2007

Fresh: Well, I'll be damned. A sex movie this summer for grown-ups.

- Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle, Tuesday, June 18, 2002

Fresh: As you'd expect from Kubrick, this is a cerebral film that works on several levels--the illusory, the real, the ethereal and everything that falls in between.

- Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Now, here is a little odd film (then again, what film from Kubrick is not odd?). This being the great director's last film, has something of a tragic feel to it. Mainly due to the fact that we do not know if this is how Kubrick intended the film to be. When he died of a heart attack while in 1999, he was busy editing this film and adding the final touches. Now, Kubrick was a man who done literally everything himself in terms of the aspects of a film. The reason why was because people wanted to edit and change his vision for how his films should have been and, Kubrick being Kubrick, he refused to all that to happen. But, seeing as how he died three weeks before the premier, I have a feeling that this is close enough to what he wanted. Now, for my view of the film, I must say that this film was, at first, beyond long. Well, other then the running time being two hours and forty five minutes, it is a slow paced film that is meant to be played out as both an erotic daydream and nightmare. I will admit that, when I first tried to watch this film, I could not sit through it. Mostly because I was bored of this movie. But, sitting down and watching it a second time, it was a lot better plus it is just an original take on the 1920's novella Traumnovelle. So, with that in mind, this is a film that requires multiple viewings to get and like. Now, for the aspects. In terms of direction, Kubrick gave this film his all; taking from what he learned from all of his previous films and putting them together. He makes this film like any of his others: beautiful, confusing, but interesting nonetheless. The next thing would have to be the actors. Well, when you have mega actors like Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman along with Sydney Pollack, you basically have a winning team in terms of acting. And, in this film, it is just marvelous seeing them all give it their best. But, kudos to Kidman for her monologue she gives at the start of the film while being high on pot. In all the acting I have seen her in, that little bit was the best. Cruise gives his main performance as he usually does, but I do like how he becomes confuse by his own sexual journey and what he realizes. And for Pollack, same thing as Kidman: his monologue at the end was superb, but a little long I will admit. Now, with most of Kubrick's films, the score is an important aspect and with this film it is no exception. The main piece of music to pay attention to is the creepy as hell piece known as Dominic Harlan's Musica Ricercata, II. When you hear this piece nonstop during the end, you will feel identical to Cruise. I kid you not. Finally, the script. As I said, this is something of a confusing film, seeing as how it gives you hints that this is a dream, hints that this is reality, even hints that someone is out to get Cruise. But, just with the dialogue and how the scenes are constructed, it might not be the best script by Kubrick, but it is impressive nonetheless. Overall, this is a great ending piece to Kubrick's life, but this is not a film for younger viewers. (unless they can be mature with all of the sexual content)

- fb100000257973100, Thursday, February 23, 2012

3 stars

Filled with breathtaking images, Kubrick's final film is not a masterpiece but nevertheless the work of a master still exploring new territory.

- fb1664868775, Thursday, October 27, 2011

5 stars

I love Kubricks last film, Eyes Wide Shut. The performances by Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise are great, and all the other Kubrick aspects are there as well. Cool music and great cinematography along with hidden details make this movie great. A lot of the negative reviews I have seen for this movie is due to the orgy scene, which I thought was great. People complain about the scene not being erotic. I don't think it was Kubricks intention to make it erotic and if you want something erotic go watch a porno.

- blkbomb, Wednesday, May 25, 2011