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Overall Rating
2.93

Awesome: 7.25%
Worth A Look: 24.64%
Average34.78%
Pretty Bad: 20.29%
Total Crap: 13.04%

6 reviews, 33 user ratings


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by EricDSnider

"America demands that Meg Ryan put her clothes back on."
2 stars

If there ever was an era when America wanted to see Meg Ryan naked -- and this is doubtful -- it surely ended 10 years ago. Yet here comes "In the Cut," a flat, pretentious psychodrama in which Meggers does the full monty, for several seconds, and then she keeps being topless for what seems like hours, and then again later on, for no good reason. She looks fine, especially for a woman of 41, but this is not the way we want to see cute and perky Meg Ryan. Meg Ryan needs to have clothes on. I'm just sayin'.

Oh, but there are more reasons to dislike this movie. Meg plays Frannie Avery, a high school literature teacher in New York City who loves words and poetry and lives alone in a small apartment. She has a sister, Pauline (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who is mildly crazy and obsessive, a student (Sharrieff Pugh) who's a little too interested in John Wayne Gacy, and a guy she used to date (Kevin Bacon) who now stalks her. So life is good in the Big Apple.

Then Frannie meets Detective James Malloy (Mark Ruffalo) and his vulgar partner Richard Rodriguez (Nick Damici). They're investigating the murder and dismemberment of a local girl; seems her head was found in Frannie's courtyard. Frannie recognizes a couple clues (I won't spoil anything) and compiles a mental list of suspects of her own, all while beginning a steamy relationship with Malloy.

The director, Jane Campion ("The Piano"), who adapted Susanna Moore's novel with Moore's help, has a rather standard murder mystery on her hands, yet she refuses to accept it. The film keeps trying to be something else -- sexually charged drama, exposť on big-city paranoia, showcase for Meg Ryan and Mark Ruffalo nudity, etc. -- but these things are annoyances, distractions from what's really going on.

Muddying the waters even further is the cryptic, arch dialogue that permeates every moment of the film. There are few normal conversations. Everyone speaks oddly, seldom answering one another's questions and issuing non-sequiturs while traipsing through too-dark interiors -- all the hallmarks of a film trying to be Important and Meaningful when it's not.

Meg Ryan actually does pretty well, though, despite the crap she has to work with. Her cute-and-perky demeanor in this case makes her seem vulnerable, which is good for a character in her dangerous position. I like a clothed Meg, and I like seeing her do something risky, even if, as in this case, it doesn't pan out.

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originally posted: 08/08/05 18:04:36
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User Comments

3/16/17 Ed Riddick Only the fine performance from Ryan partially saves it. Unsuccessful film. 3 stars
11/23/15 celtcat slow torture, beautifuly filmed but that couldn't over ride unlikable characters and uninte 3 stars
10/12/14 PAUL SHORTT SPECIOUS, SLOW AND SORDID 1 stars
5/01/09 Johnboy A sad ageing Ryan trying to restart a dead career in a 'arty(?)' porno flick - RETIRE MEG!! 1 stars
4/29/09 Marc another unique disturbing and beautiful film from Jane campion 4 stars
6/20/06 Nicole Bleck! 2 stars
4/28/06 Angel Unedited version had a close up of a real Blow Job and Ruffalo's frontal shots! 4 stars
9/07/05 Sully decent....it tuned my girl on, so we watch it nightly now.... 3 stars
8/14/05 Charlene Javier Simple awful! 2 stars
8/14/05 Dixie Theriault poor adaptation of the novel 3 stars
8/10/05 marie naylor Starts out suspensful,then dies a slow laborious death;apparently along with Ms. Ryan's "co 2 stars
8/05/05 Phil M. Aficionado Weird and choppy and outlandish, despite pretty good acting 2 stars
12/26/04 mjoc This was unwatchable! Pure torture! 1 stars
12/09/04 Landshark Never knew Campion had a sense of humor---the ex-bf (Bacon) & the bouncer (Patrice O'Neal) 4 stars
10/23/04 Sarah really awful, bad acting, bad editing, bad cinematography, and plot - what plot? 1 stars
7/20/04 Jack Viewer Beautiful Meg and very horrible movie. The director sucks! 1 stars
6/24/04 Edgar Brief glimpse of Meg Ryan's turd-ticklers not worth the two hours of unentertaining horror. 2 stars
3/19/04 Teresa Williams Just plain weird and terribly disappointing. 1 stars
3/02/04 Jack Sommersby Fails as a thriller but fairly succeeds as a character study. 3 stars
3/02/04 Just Don't Bore Me Lame, slow, plot devoid prattle. Avoid!!! 1 stars
2/15/04 Charles Tatum They remade "Millennium" with Ryan instead of Lance Henriksen 3 stars
1/21/04 Mandy Seever PC era makes mystery impossible. Rules of PC always give it away. 2 stars
12/30/03 Rosie R See something else. Poor storyline, unerotic sex scenes, sad and lonely people. No thrills. 1 stars
12/27/03 John Bale Campion and Ryan go feral in this dark gritty thriller 4 stars
12/02/03 Chris A sensational film , unfairly hated on. Meg Ryan is amazing. 5 stars
11/25/03 Edgar Brief glimpse of Meg Ryan's turd-ticklers not worth the two hours of unentertaining horror. 2 stars
11/21/03 horndog meg ryan getting reamed. nuff said 5 stars
11/20/03 Ranveer Kunal meg is awesome 5 stars
11/20/03 Roy R. Pryor Another "men are scum" movie with "surprise" twist one could see from lightyears away. 2 stars
11/09/03 prasad not seen yet 5 stars
10/30/03 neguine sanani get ready to experience a love story that is honest and ever so intimate 5 stars
10/27/03 jdogg shallow. gratuitous. soulless. smarmy. and that's just meg ryan. 1 stars
10/27/03 vagile Despite a shallow plot, one's attention never waivers. Dark Perverse. Bravura performances. 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  22-Oct-2003 (R)
  DVD: 10-Feb-2004

UK
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Australia
  13-Nov-2003


Directed by
  Jane Campion

Written by
  Jane Campion

Cast
  Meg Ryan
  Mark Ruffalo
  Kevin Bacon
  Jennifer Jason Leigh
  Nick Damici
  Sharrieff Pugh



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