If I remember I'll rate old stuff here but I'll pretty much always rate new stuff here.
Originally posted on CriterionForum.org:
This movie is coming back to me mostly in fragments: moments when I got aggravated with choices either on a script, direction, or acting level - but my biggest complaint is that I did not smile during this comedy. That should probably be a bare minimum requirement, and maybe the ol' funny bone just needed a little dusting off. Probably on me. Mileage will vary.
Anyway, beyond that...
There is the fact that the film opens…
A rare film that still leaves perfectly competent viewers debating what they just saw, and a rare film that uses a very shocking story component to tell a story that would've developed without it. Kidman is perfect, the score is perfect, Glazer's direction is perfect. One of a few '00s Kidman films that were wholly misunderstood and under-appreciated.