When relief is as nigh as your remote control stop button, it becomes an act of will to sit through Naked, Mike Leigh’s bilious portrait of a young loser. But David Thewlis’ utterly fearless performance as Johnny, a rangy, homeless rotter who ricochets through London abusing the women he picks up, deserves your patience. It’s a sustained rant that raises verbal sparring to the heights Robert De Niro achieved playing Jake La Motta; Thewlis is a raging bull artist. Whether he’s philosophizing gently with disenfranchised drudges — a security guard, a poster hanger — or acting out his fury in squalid couplings, Thewlis makes you see the hurt Johnny causes himself as well as others. That’s not misogyny, that’s artistry. B+
NakedWhen relief is as nigh as your remote control stop button, it becomes an act of will to sit through Naked, Mike Leigh's bilious portrait...NakedDramaMike LeighRWhen relief is as nigh as your remote control stop button, it becomes an act of will to sit through Naked, Mike Leigh's bilious portrait...1994-06-24Katrin CartlidgeGreg CruttwellKatrin Cartlidge, Greg CruttwellFine Line Features
Genre: Drama; Starring: Lesley Sharp, David Thewlis, Katrin Cartlidge, Greg Cruttwell; Director: Mike Leigh; Author: Mike Leigh; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Fine Line Features
Posted June 24 1994 — 12:00 AM EDT
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