Eyes Wide Shut

Starring: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Produced by: Warner Bros.

Distributed by: Warner Bros.

Genre: drama

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Review by hughjtoad Date seen: March 21, 2000
Viewing Location: Sunnyvale, CA Grade: B
Summary: if Kafka ever wrote about sex
I didn't like this movie while I was watching it, which is usually one of the prime goals in seeing a film. Afterwards I was puzzling over it and I saw a book on my bookshelf and realized what the movie reminded me of - The Trial. I'm not saying it's a movie you should see, but it does have a consistent theme and tone throughout (sadly part of the tone is "doggedly slow dialog"). There is nudity but only one scene in the entire 2 hours and 40 minutes rates as "sexy" and that not very. It's the kind of movie that you keep thinking about, but I'm not sure if that's because it's good or because you can't figure out what it was for. There are a couple of big party scenes, and while watching them I felt like I was seeing parties at the Overlook hotel (from the Shining) back in its day. There's a lot eerie tomblike atmosphere despite all the party goer voices and so-called beautiful people. Good luck deciding whether to rent this.  

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Review by Orion Date seen: April 25, 2000
Viewing Location: Orion's Bedroom Grade: D-
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman get dressed up and look pretty. They go to a party. They talk, and Kidman reveals she REALLY WANTED TO HAVE SEX WITH SOMEONE. So now Tom walks around, agonized. Boy is he agonized. You can tell, because of the look he has on his face as the camera just sits there pointed at his head. Agony. Lots of agony. Can't stop the agony. Wait. A christmas tree. Look at that. Eventually, Tom finds his way to a party where they kill some girl instead of him. Or do they? Who knows, who cares. The whole movie is merely a metaphor for something, but I couldn't be bothered to figure it out, because I'd spent 3 hours watching Tom Cruise walk around in emotional agony. 

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Review by Finrod Date seen: November 17, 2003
Viewing Location: dvd Grade: B-
Summary: An off day for Kubrick
After watching this movie, I found myself not wanting to watch it again, which is generally a bad sign. Quite possibly because the camera is on Tom Cruise for pretty much the entire movie, and I don't really like him, or he doesn't work well in a Kubrick movie, or who knows what. In any case his character isn't terribly likeable, and I wanted to slap him around after a while. Even the sex scenes got edited down to nothing much at all, so there really isn't a lot to see. Too bad, because Kubrick is usually better than this.  

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