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A lonely teacher witnesses the prelude to a brutal homicide. A seductive cop pushes the boundaries of his job to pursue her. Together, they begin a risky struggle for connection through a spiral of danger, betrayal and surprises.
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words, 11 S-words, 2 GD's, a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: A number of explicit sexual situations with nudity. VIOLENCE: Some bloody, violent images. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco use. ACTION: None. COMEDY: None.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Average "If your reason for seeing In the Cut is to watch
America's sweetheart stripped bare, you'll get what you're looking for. On the
other hand, if you're looking for a good movie, this one will disappoint.''
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Average "Ryan is raw and remarkably good, but the film's real star
is New York. Draped in post-9/11 anxiety and brimming with a free-floating fear,
the city hasn't appeared this threatening since the '70s.''
Review Average "What In the Cut probably needed was a narrator -
which is usually the mark of a movie in trouble, but would have been a lifeline
here. Ryan changes lanes with ease enough, although to call it a breakthrough
would be to wax hyperbolic, because there's not enough heft here to penetrate a
above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on
their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We were only able to collect 26 moviegoer opinions even though we had people collecting from several showings. Apparently lots of people had a feeling this wouldn't be a good movie and from these opinions they were certainly correct. Normally I would say that these few opinions don't provide a real accurate indication of what most people would think of the movie BUT, since these are by far the lowest opinions I have ever seen, and I've seen a LOT of opinions over the years, I would feel comfortable NOT RECOMMENDING THIS MOVIE TO ANYONE!
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
Fans of Meg Ryan's normal light romantic comedy films will undoubtedly be shocked by this dark, violent, sexually explicit adults-only thriller. However, fans of the thriller genre will also be unsatisfied with the slow pacing and the predictable mystery. The violent and sexual content will turn off the more squeamish viewers. It's difficult to imagine this film finding much support from any audience.
Frannie Avery (MEG
RYAN) is a self-determined writing professor living alone in New York. Smart and
reserved, Frannie has nevertheless allowed her study of street slang and
detective novels to keep her at a safe distance from the gritty side of the
city. But everything changes one night when, while meeting a student in a local
bar, Frannie walks in on an intimate moment between a man and a woman. She is
instantly paralyzed by the eros before her, and though she does not see the man's
face, she cannot forget the tattoo on his wrist or his brazen stare.
Soon after, Frannie
learns of a grisly murder near her apartment when, unexpectedly, a police
detective insists on questioning her. The strangely familiar and alluring
Detective Malloy (MARK RUFFALO) believes she may know something. At first,
Malloy mystifies Frannie, and although she tries to keep him at a distance,
Frannie becomes attracted. They meet for a drink, and Malloy offers to be anyone
she wants him to be, a promise that frightens Frannie almost as much as the
tattoo on his wrist. Even as Frannie's half-sister Pauline (JENNIFER JASON
LEIGH) encourages her to continue the relationship, doubts linger, and Frannie
has to fight the urge to run away as is her habit.
As the investigation
continues, Frannie finds herself propelled further and further into both the
increasingly gruesome murder case and an increasingly risky liaison with Malloy,
who opens her up in ways she cannot fathom. When a masked assailant attacks her,
it becomes clear that Frannie can no longer trust anyone. Not her intense young
student Cornelius (SHARRIEFF PUGH), who is writing a paper about the
"innocence" of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Not her disquieting
former lover John (KEVIN BACON) who follows her every move. And definitely not
Malloy, who now rouses not only her deepest desires but her darkest suspicions
about the danger encroaching around her.