Eyes Wide Shut
After an argument with his wife, Dr. Bill Hartford finds himself in a surreal succession of sexually charged encounters and mysterious rituals among the rich and powerful, who will do anything to maintain their secrets.
David Edelstein I don't know how a director whose central theme is the loss of humanity can be so uninterested in the minutiae of human speech and behavior.
Todd McCarthy A riveting, thematically probing, richly atmospheric and just occasionally troublesome work, a deeply inquisitive consideration of the extent of trust and mutual knowledge possible between a man and a woman.
Andrew Sarris 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.
Geoff Andrew Finally, however, it's just a cautionary tale about some very mild, old-fashioned erotic fantasies.
Jeff Millar Kubrick, exactly in character, has left us as the unchallengeable champion of the enigma.
Steve Murray As it rambles on, it makes less and less of the material, rather than more.
Jeffrey Wells Eyes Wide Shut is a masterful, cunning, challenging art movie!
J. Hoberman For most people, though, a single viewing will be more than enough.
Michael Wilmington A masterpiece!
Sean Means Kubrick may have found, in this very adult and very human sexual awakening, a happy ending at last.
Peter Brunette It's the most brilliant, most glamorous, yet subtlest movie about sexual desire and sexual jealousy.
David Hunter Challenging and richly rewarding!
Peter Rainer It's a powerful movie without always, or often, being a very good one; watching it is a bit like being inside the twistings and conniptions of a control freak who longs to lose control, only to pull back tighter than ever.
Charles Taylor Combines all the flaws that marred Kubrick's earlier work - including a glacial pace, emotional coldness and the sudden eruption of scenes that seem to belong in a different movie.
Jack Kroll From the already famous 'mirror' love scene, played with a carnal sweetness that's rare in the brittle, cynical sexuality of film today, to the anger, fear and pain of their final confrontation, Cruise and Kidman are open and touching.
Rene Rodriguez Censored or not, Eyes Wide Shut remains an absorbing, haunting and ultimately profoundly moral work by a filmmaker working at the peak of his craft.
Jay Boyar Riveting!