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Awesome: 7.14%
Worth A Look: 24.29%
Pretty Bad: 20%
Total Crap: 14.29%

6 reviews, 34 user ratings

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In the Cut
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by Stephen Groenewegen

3 stars

Jane Campion’s erotic thriller, In the Cut, is about a serial killer with a penchant for “disarticulation” - slicing off the heads and limbs of women.

Curiosity has near-fatal consequences for introverted English professor Frannie (Meg Ryan), who begins shedding inhibitions after witnessing a woman perform fellatio on a tattooed man in a seedy bar. Days later, a macho detective (Mark Ruffalo) with an identical tattoo tells Frannie the woman’s decapitated body has been found nearby. Turned on by his rugged masculinity, Frannie begins a risk-taking affair and is drawn deeper into a noirish New York nightscape of stalking, voyeurism and murder.

Campion and cinematographer Dion Beebe match the dark mood of Susanna Moore’s unsettling novel with some striking visuals, although the screen is so overloaded with visual trickery it’s difficult to tell at times even what season it is.

“I like irony”, Frannie remarks at one point, but it’s the crucial ingredient that’s missing from Ryan’s portrayal. Instead of Moore’s knowing heroine, Frannie is reduced to a blank and reactive little-girl-lost. Ruffalo is terrifically charged, but has to carry the burden of the love scenes. Too many scenes with Frannie’s self-consciously nutty half-sister (Jennifer Jason Leigh, ill-matched with Ryan) interrupt the smooth operation of the thriller plot.

In the Cut has much to admire, but the component parts seem at war with each other and fail to mesh satisfactorily.

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User Comments

3/08/18 rk worst film ever made. forget Plan 9. This movie is 86 1 stars
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
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 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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  22-Oct-2003 (R)
  DVD: 10-Feb-2004



Directed by
  Jane Campion

Written by
  Jane Campion

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

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