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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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In the Cut
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by Matt Mulcahey

"Seemingly intended for both feminists and soft-core aficionados"
3 stars

There are only three categories of people that will probably bother with the latest from The Piano director Jane Campion: Those who enjoy serial killer flicks, those who appreciate Campionís thoughtful reflections on the fairer gender and lonely middle-aged men who really want to see Meg Ryan get naked. All but the latter will come away disappointed.

Ryan attempts to break free from her chick flick typecasting as a Manhattan writing teacher whose idealized visions of romantic love, fostered by the fantasy of the snow-covered courtship of her parents, are at odds with her darker carnal preferences.

The widening gulf between Ryanís two selves has relegated her to somewhat of an empty shell, repressing her desires while retreating into an existence of passivity.

And what better way to reawaken dormant yearnings than a severed head in your garden?

The decapitation is the work a serial killer preying upon lonely single women, or at least thatís the operating theory of foul mouthed, bad mustached police detective Mark Ruffalo, who begins a series of torrid trysts with Ryan that continue even after she begins to suspect he may very well be the killer.

While the skin-heavy, sweat dripping mattress gymnastics donít exactly live up to the hype, Ryanís performance does.

Though she has found her greatest success playing Americaís Cutie in fluffy romantic comedies, Ryan possesses a sadness and remoteness that someone with the pre-fabricated personality of a Julia Roberts will never be capable of.

Ryanís performance (in a role originally intended for Nicole Kidman, who is still credited as producer) is an exercise in subtlety, her character unfolding through the uneasiness of her body language.

But the actress' surprising effectiveness canít overcome In the Cutís complete void of likeable characters or Campionís obvious disdain for the genre her own movie inhabits.

The director shows complete disinterest in exploiting the genreís strengths by crafting a film bereft of tension, yet she has no problem wallowing in the genreís trappings in the form of numerous red herrings and plot cliches (i.e. if a supposedly helpless female character learns to shoot a firearm, you can bet your sweat ass the killer will be eating a lead sandwich in the conclusion).

If In the Cut had been directed by a pseudo-arty purveyor of sleaze like Adrian Lyne it could easily dismissed as yet another pointless erotic thriller, but the fact that this misfire comes from Campion demands further scrutiny.

Upon taking that closer look the film is full of interesting ideas on the futility of idealized romance and the misogynist hypocrisy of female sexual mores, but that doesnít change the fact that it an unpleasant chore to sit through.

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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
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USA
  22-Oct-2003 (R)
  DVD: 10-Feb-2004

UK
  N/A

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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